From Rags to Ragdolls
In this pandemic period where shutdowns were the order of the day, and nothing much was going on, Elimu chose to think outside the box. We decided to engage our sewing students with income generating projects. Bringing them back to Malindi to sew removed them from the harsh environments that poverty dictates at home in their rural communities and kept them from the risk of being married off by their relatives.
An innovative idea of sewing ragdolls that could tell the story of their struggles was born. The girls took to the task and accepted the challenge. Having never attempted such a thing, they were a bit unsure of what the result would be. It took a few prototypes and learning from their mistakes before they finally came up with the perfect design. Over a period of the next four months of trials and errors, hard work and endless sewing, they produced 100 adorable Kenyan-inspired rag dolls.