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Knitted Lion Heirloom Toy - Shumba

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$ 24.95
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Hand knitted by women artisans in Zimbabwe, the Shumba (shumba means Lion 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 lion 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

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Shumba the Lion

I have several of these beautiful toys and I have to say, Shumba is my favorite. He has such a fluffy head that makes him soft and a little more cuddly than the others. Such well made toys!


I received 3 adorable Knitted Heirloom Toy dolls as surprise gifts for my 3 kiddos after the birth of my youngest! I think I was just as excited to receive them as they were, lol.
You can tell these were made with love by very talented people. They have beautiful well crafted details and are durable. Definitely will be keepsakes!
Highly recommend these little treasures! ~Lauren

A wonderful gift!

I received this as a gift for my daughter. It is amazingly well crafted and it carries with it a great story of positivity and hope. We are grateful to be introduced to such a cause through this sweet gift.

Gus Love

It was a gift for my friend's new newborn and they loved it!


So cute and unique!