Shwe Shwe Poppis, South Africa



Based in Soweto, a township outside of Johannesburg, the Shwe Shwe Poppi Project is the economic empowerment and fundraising arm of the African Children's Feeding Program, an NGO that feeds over 21,000 children daily.  We fell in love with the dolls and the project during a visit to South Africa in the fall of 2009.

The designs were created by the children of the Zola nursery, a preschool for children with HIV/AIDS and other severe illnesses. Each of these enchanting and fanciful poppis (dolls) is one child’s drawing come to life; they have their own fun personalities and bear the story and name of their young creators on a colorful hangtag. The dolls are sewn from Shwe Shwe cloth, a cotton fabric in endless, vivid patterns that is iconic to South Africa and highly collectible.  Handcrafted by a cooperative of 29 mothers and grandmothers, the Shwe Shwe Poppi Project has changed the lives of the artisans and inspires the community by bringing hope of a brighter future.

Manos de Madres is honored to partner with this extraordinary initiative to further our shared goals of poverty reduction through the economic empowerment of women. For our distribution in the US, Manos de Madres has selected three of the poppis (“Faith”, “Hope” and “Buyisilie”) in four fabulous versions: standard size dolls, extra large dolls, key chains and mini angels.


"FAITH" Poppi (Standard Size)
Quirky, fanciful, one-a-kind doll from South Africa designed by a little girl named, "Faith".
Price: $30.00

"HOPE" Poppi (Standard Size)
Quirky, fanciful, one-a-kind doll from South Africa designed by a little girl named, "Hope".
Price: $30.00

"BUYISILE" Poppi (Standard Size)
Quirky, fanciful, one-a-kind doll from South Africa designed by a little girl named, "Buyisile".
Price: $30.00

"FAITH" Keychain
As keychain or an accessory, Shwe Shwe poppis are sure to bring warmth and smiles.
Price: $13.00

"HOPE" Keychain
As keychain or an accessory, Shwe Shwe poppis are sure to bring warmth and smiles.
Price: $13.00

"BUYISILE" Keychain
As keychain or an accessory, Shwe Shwe poppis are sure to bring warmth and smiles.
Price: $13.00

FAITH" Poppi (Maxi Size)
Quirky, fanciful, one-a-kind doll from South Africa designed by a little girl named, "Faith". Super-sized for super smiles.
Price: $70.00

"HOPE" Poppi (Maxi Size)
Quirky, fanciful, one-a-kind doll from South Africa designed by a little girl named, "Hope". Super-sized for super smiles.
Price: $70.00

"BUYISILE" Poppi (Maxi Size)
Quirky, fanciful, one-a-kind doll from South Africa designed by a little girl named, "Buyisile". Super-sized for super smiles.
Price: $70.00

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