The Inspiration: Susan, a trained tailor and fabric technician, and her partner, Meshack, created AfriKnit Dolls to address the lack of African-inspired dolls available in Nairobi. By using fabric waste from local tailors, Susan and Meshack are able to create a sustainable and affordable product. They later hope to train and employ vulnerable youth in the production of their dolls. Through their business, AfriKnit Dolls will not only provide children with durable and affordable toys but also create jobs for youth in their community and reduce environmental waste.
The Product: Made of African print fabric and colored yarn, AfriKnit Dolls are flexible, soft, and more durable than plastic dolls. The dolls come in a variety of customizable colors and patterns.