Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Kahiniwalla Pebble Octopus Rattle Review

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Do you love handmade toys?  If you think about it, you don't see many handmade toys anymore.  For this review I received the Kahinwalla Pebble Octopus Rattle, it's an adorable crocheted Octopus with a rattle in it!  I gave this to my 9 month old great grandson and it was perfect for his little fingers, he loved chewing on it!  You know how babies are, everything goes into their mouths. The Octopus is nice and soft, with a cute little smile on it.  It's a great toy for the little ones, I would recommend it!

About the Pebble Octopus Rattle

This crochet octopus rattle was the first product Samantha Morshed designed when she decided to launch the Pebble brand.  Remembering how her little ones had always liked rattles that you could both grab and chew at the same time, the octopus seemed a perfect match with its eight long legs.  It's proved a huge hit and they are proud to be able to continue offering this product.  At Pebble they like to think that their toys spread smiles worldwide: the ladies who make them in Bangladesh smile because the toys bring them work, the parents smile because the toys keep their babies happy and enable them to shop with a conscience and the babies smile - well you can see why!  They hope you love this little rattle as much as they do.  All Pebble products are made in Bangladesh by the extremely talented and capable artisans at Hathay Bunano ps.  They love their workmanship and they love rural Bangladesh.  Pebble toys are their small contribution to supporting families in rural Bangladesh, to removing the need for economic migration to the cities and to providing women with flexible working opportunities which are close to their homes.  All Pebble toys are 100% cotton with 100% polyester fill.  About 15cm.  They are all machine washable and can be tumble dried on a low setting.

About Kahiniwalla

Kahiniwalla: meaning a purveyor of stories, a storyteller, a traveling story teller; (North America) prop n. meaning a business which distributes Fair Trade product in North America which both are handmade and have a story.

Kahiniwalla was established in 2010 by Austin and Marita Miller.  Upon his return from work as a product designer with Mennonite Central Committee's job creation program in Bangladesh, Austin wanted to continue helping to provide employment for the poor of Bangladesh and decided to do so by distributing their high quality handmade products in North America.

Fair Trade

Kahiniwalla is a business which distributes Fair Trade products and tells the story behind those products.  Where the businesses providing the products do not have an established brand for themselves or their products they seek to help them establish that brand, thereby adding value to the products which they can deliver to their customers.  This not only gives them wider recognition in the marketplace but it also helps them to streamline their process; greatly increasing their capacity, quality and growth potential.

Pebble Products

Their relationship with Hathay Bunano p.s. (the makers of Pebble) began at a small Christmas craft fair at the Grace International School in Dhaka, where their sons were attending.  Samantha and Morshed were at this fair and Morshed approached them about the product they were working with.  Over time they met with Samantha and Morshed often during the next couple of years.  They would ask them questions about their amazing quality control and learn that it was not a process but more of a philosophy.  These interactions helped further articulate their belief that entrepreneurship and enterprise is one of the most empowering and sustainable ways for people to come out of poverty, with dignity.  Samantha's vision for Pebble of providing a place close to their rural homes in which women could work flexible hours was just what over 5,000 rural women were looking for.  This number is growing as the demand for Pebble products grows and new centers are started.  These rural workplaces provide a welcome alternative to these women moving to a large city to work in the garment industry leaving their families behind and making themselves vulnerable to injust and sometimes violent situations.

Following are some links to articles about Hathay Bunano p.s.:
Samantha: The coolest Toy Maker turned Social Entrepreneur

They plan to continue this relationship with Hathay Bunano ps. as well as look for other such entrepreneurial groups of women who are creating high quality, handmade products.

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A product sample was received for review. I was not paid in any form of cash for this posting. The opinions expressed are my own and were NOT influenced in any way.

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