Struggle to find dolls that resemble daughter brings Baby Thando Doll to life

After being frustrated with not finding a doll that resembled her then two-year-old daughter, the idea of a black doll came to life.

702's Africa Melane (standing-in for Redi Tlhabi), spoke to founder of Girlz Ink, Nonhlanhla Mthethwa, about the creation of the Baby Thando Doll , providing young black girls with dolls that resemble themselves.

Listen to the conversation below:

When my daughter turned 2 in 2004, my daughter wanted a doll and I couldn't find one that resembled her.

Nonhlanhla Mthethwa, co-founder of Baby Thando Doll

There was one that was called Thandi, she was the closest to a black doll at the time. She wasn't made beautifully so kids did not like her, they preferred Barbie.

Nonhlanhla Mthethwa, co-founder of Baby Thando Doll

With the rise of bleaching these days, it's so important to instill self-love. And what better way to do it than through play?

Nonhlanhla Mthethwa, co-founder of Baby Thando Doll

Other projects we have, is for Thando to talk most, if not all of our South African languages, because it's important to learn the basics of their mother-tongue.

Nonhlanhla Mthethwa, co-founder of Baby Thando Doll

Orders for the doll can be placed online or via email on thando@girlzink.co.za, with delivery to your door within 48 - 72 hours at a R60 added fee.

What we found during exhibitions is that everybody loves the doll. Whether it's white people or Indian people. They just love Baby Thando.

Nonhlanhla Mthethwa, co-founder of Baby Thando Doll
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