Elephant Toy

This Tembo (meaning Elephant in Swahili) is a perfect little present for an animal loving child. This super cute toy is made of colorful African wax fabrics, embroidered with felt pieces and embellished with beads and tassels. This toy is not suitable for under 3 year olds as it contains small parts. Carefully sewn and decorated by artisans in our workshops in Iringa, Tanzania.

$12.00

7 in stock

Meet the Artisan

Grace works at Neema Crafts and makes beaded bracelets, toy snakes, crocodiles, and bunting. There weren’t many options open to Grace because she never went to school – she couldn’t even get there as she couldn’t walk and her parents couldn’t afford to buy a bike. Polio crippled both of her legs after she developed it at the age of one and had to stay at home and crawl around.

She started working at Neema during its first year, when her son was three-years-old. “That was the year my father died and my mother had died the year previously. It was hard coping without them, as we’d always supported each other. I don’t have a husband and I raised my son with their help from the beginning. It was hard, just selling sweets at my stall. The money wasn’t enough to buy things for my son, or anything else for me for that matter and we struggled. I tried selling mandazi, which wasn’t successful. I was constantly rooting around for money just for basic things like soap. I was so unhappy.”

“Finally I had the chance to do great work. It just shows how us disabled people can do anything if we’re given the chance. Neema hasn’t just provided us with a wage. It’s given us the chance to exchange our lives and experiences with each other. I also feel that other people can finally see that we count, whilst before I was ignored in town, now I have many friends. I really want to carry on working here. Money isn’t a problem for me now, not any more. I’ve been able to combine the business I had before becoming an outworker at Neema with my jewellery making skills and now I can comfortably support my son and I.”