Making a Difference With a Little Help from Our Customers
Learn About Our Fair-Trade Partnerships with a Peruvian Village
When our knitted play food and Waldorf-style Camden dolls were so enthusiastically embraced by customers, as a small family business specializing in hand-crafted dolls and toys, we found that we couldn't keep up with the demand at prices our customers could afford. This was a problem! Then, some local customers who volunteer in Peruvian villages suggested a solution that is consistent with our values and standards.
With our customers' help, we established a relationship with a Peruvian cooperative of economically disadvantaged women. Our co-op partners now lovingly hand-dyes and knits our soft play food. Another cooperative that employs hearing-impaired women hand-sews our Camden dolls.
We are are proud to not only play a significant role in the American craft revival, but also provide the women of these co-ops with a good livelihood. We feel a great commitment to both our American and Peruvian cooperative partners. These are relationships we treasure.
One of our favorite Camden Doll reviews:
"This is the first doll that we purchased for our adopted daughter on our 1st Christmas together. My daughter is Latina, African American and Italian. I wanted a doll that is as beautiful as she is, and Anna fits my vision perfectly. I especially love the fact that she is all natural and handmade in Peru. So when when my little one sucks on her hands, I know that she isn’t getting a mouth full of plastics, dyes, and chemicals. Also I love the fact that I am buying a fair trade product and supporting local families in Peru. Another reviewer stated that these dolls are made by people who are hard of hearing. Love the intentionality of this doll and the company! When we play with Anna or as we call her “Anita”, we speak in Spanish. It’s fun to create a personality for her and reminds me to help my daughter become bilingual. She calls all of her dolls Anna, which is sweet, and this Anna is the first one she looks for when placed in her crib. Anna has more of a firm squishy feeling to her. She has a cute pair of pink boxer shorts and a pink dress as pictured. She is a beautiful brown color and her hair is made of yarn with two pink ribbons. Her hair looks a little wild because the yarn has increased in volume with play. I love the kind of wild look of her hair because my daughter’s hair is pretty wild too 🙂 Her eyes and mouth are stitched and her nose is just a bump from under the fabric. She has a nice natural smell to her …. I think it’s the wool. Anita is perfect! We hope that you will enjoy her as much as we do."