My Malonda Girls is designed to celebrate multicultural generations, encourage creativity, and influence entrepreneurship. We believe in empowering families to foster and nurture every God-given gift.
The Elizabeth Collection 12 products
The Elizabeth Collection
The Elizabeth Collection is My Malonda Girls 1st doll of its kind! Elizabeth is a seamstress in Malawi, Africa, who learned the trade of tailoring at the Reap What You Sew school. She brought her family out of poverty by getting a chance to learn tailoring skills to provide and make a better life for them.
***Dress patterns are limited, and each are numbered as fabric availability in Malawi, Africa, fluctuates.***
What Does My Malonda Girls Represent?
My Malonda Girls (Malonda means “Trade” in the Malawain language, Chichewa) represents the growing population of businesswomen in impoverished countries and their movement out of poverty when they are educated in trade and business skills. The clothes for My Malonda Girls are made exclusively by the graduates of the Reap What You Sew School. This gives a future education to women who would have no opportunity otherwise. It is the hope that My Malonda Girls will encourage girls of all ages to reach their full potential and celebrate these women who now know the freedom of being a business owner.
The Inspiration Behind The Elizabeth Doll
Elizabeth Kamoto was in our first graduating class of the Reap What You Sew Trade School in Malawi, Africa. Elizabeth entered the program in the Spring of 2017, a married woman with four children. Her family was in desperate poverty, as her husband is crippled and unable to work. Elizabeth also takes care of many of the orphans in her village whose parents died during the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Consequently, she was in desperate need of finding a way to provide for all of them.
Elizabeth is featured in the "Reap What You Sew" documentary, which has won 9 international film awards.
The Elizabeth Collection Seamstress
Mania, a native of Blantyre, Malawi, is the official seamstress for the “Elizabeth” doll. Mania was part of the very first graduating class of the Reap What You Sew School and has since started her own business that enabled her family to begin moving out of poverty. However, her employment now by My Malonda Girls as the official seamstress for the “Elizabeth” doll is an even bigger blessing for her, giving her assured monthly employment.
It’s often difficult to truly understand the depths of poverty that a many people suffer in 3rd world countries, but it’s even harder to comprehend the plight of many of the women in these cultures, especially those on the bottom of an already economically ravaged society. These women are often left to fend for themselves, their children, and dozens of the abandoned in their villages. Since these same countries generally offer no educational benefits to women in this class, the most destitute have no hope of learning a trade that might help to sustain themselves and their families.
That’s where Project Malonda, or Project “Trade,” has stepped in. This project focuses on the lowest of the low in some of the poorest countries in the world—the women in outlying villages—many of whom have taken on the responsibility of caring for their children, as well as many orphaned children in these villages. The Reap What You Sew Trade School, part of Project Malonda, is one way we hope to help these women. By offering these women an education in the business of tailoring, business, and accounting, our graduates are finding value and hope as successful businesswomen in their own right.
Reap What You Sew
Women are leaders of their communities. They bear and raise children, care for their home and work outside of the home to provide for their families. In developing countries, resources and education are limited to women. That’s where the Reap What You Sew Project comes in.
Reap What You Sew gives women practical help through a sewing trade education while providing a place of love, support, encouragement, and hope. Our current Reap What You Sew School, located in Blantyre, Malawi, Africa, offers a 6-month training program for qualifying women, ages 18-35, which includes training in business and accounting. At the end of the 6 months, the graduates receive the machine they have been sewing on, as well as a starter kit of material, thread, and all the things she needs to begin her own tailoring business. 90% of the school’s graduates are now running their own businesses, and we have hundreds on the waiting list, as well as plans to build in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and many other countries.
We are now happy to have added aid for these women by employing them directly by the My Malonda Girls corporation, where selected graduates sew all of the dresses for each of our dolls.
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