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Knitted Zebra Heirloom Toy - Mbizi

$ 24.00
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Hand knitted by women artisans in Zimbabwe, the Mbizi (mbizi means Zebra in Shona) is a colorful and sweet heirloom toy that makes a wonderful gift. Gogo Olive trains ladies in Zimbabwe to create these wonderful little animals (called shamwaris) as a way to combat the problem of widespread unemployment in the country. Knitting was chosen because it requires only simple materials and can be done anywhere. Gogo Olive's knitters work together in a bright space in Zimbabwe, and are paid a living wage for their work. Gogo Olive also works with local prison rehabilitation programs to allow women in prison to work on something positive, allowing them to continue to provide for their children, and that they have the option to continue when they are released. Features of this sweet knitted zebra include: 

  • Hand knitted using a combination of wool and acrylic yarn
  • Stuffed with synthetic stuffing
  • Colorful and sweet, with individual facial features, sweater patterns, and quirks
  • Each shamwari animal comes with a tag that tells you the individual animal's name (given by the knitter) and the name and photo of the lady who knitted it
  • Wash with a gentle sponge cleaning
  • Approximately 9" tall
Shipping and Returns

Shipping and Delivery

All orders over $100 shipping to the United States ship free with USPS Priority Mail or UPS Ground shipping. Orders under $100 are charged shipping rates based on the size of the package - which are always as competitive as possible. You will be able to choose a shipping method at checkout, including express options. International shipping is also available. 

How soon will I receive my order?

Orders are shipped within 1-2 business days of receipt. Standard Delivery time is 2-5 days, with most domestic packages delivered in 2-3 days. 


Regular price items are eligible for a full refund within 30 days of purchase, and must be in new/unused condition. Exchanges and returns are easy! Start the process and print a return label by clicking here.

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
More than amazing

I ordered 4 different knitted animals and man are they cute! I am wanting to already order more to give to my friends as baby gifts! The ladies who made them are so talented and I wanted to personally thank them for all their hard work and creativity. Thank you again! I love them so much

sandy s.
love these

I love the whole everything about them ! I got the elephant, zebra and the giraffe and plan on purchasing more. They are well made and sturdy and so unique

Sally Z.
Love all the little animals

Love all the little animals I bought. I think my new grandchildren will love them too.

Oriett D.
Love it!

So cute