Teach Kids Compassion.
Rare Bears are handmade and no two are exactly the same. Just like humans are not all the same. We need to teach our kids that everyone can be loved, regardless of what they look like...
With each purchase you help to put food on the table of a family in the poorest areas of Johannesburg, South Africa. For many of our mothers, this is the only income they have to help feed their families.
Give your child a new friend and another child a better future
Sustainable and Fair trade wages are paid to all working women. They can work either from our workshop or from their homes choosing how many hours they work and when. Our workshop has a dedicated child area so that their littles ones are safe and happy while their Moms are busy
We employ over 100 women, from the poorest of the poor communities. They work very hard to support their families and offer a future to their children. For many bringing additional income to their homes prevents the older children from working and keeps them in school.
South Africans are super friendly and happy people, regardless of the dire circumstances some of them find themselves in – Be it from past injustices or current corruption – These Moms just want to feel gainfully employed and be able to see the joy on their kids’ faces…
Your Purchase Makes a Huge Impact in the
life of Someone Less Fortunate
“Hi, My name is Angelique and I am a 9th grader with a fun and bubbly personality (or so my friends say).
When COVID-19 hit and we were all stuck in quarantine and I became extremely bored. I can’t sit and play games the whole day like my brother or watch Youtube like my friends – I’m not that type of kid. My parents started an Amazon e-comm business course and I was listening to them talk about it when I decided to start my own business selling toys. Luckily I can wrap my dad around my little pinky so I talked him into lending me money to start my business.
I like helping people so I didn’t just want to sell normal factory toys – I wanted something that makes a difference. When I saw the Rare Bear Project in South Africa, I immediately knew that this is what I want to sell.
They are sooooo CUTE and they help people from my home country, South Africa!
I knew I chose right when they sent me this thank you video after me placing the first order.”
To date, this project has seen over 60 woman up-skilled in the art of crocheting, and provided them with a sustainable, income generating opportunity by making #RareBears which in turn are either donated to a patient, or sold to the public.
To create a sustainable business that can help the people of South Africa, even if it is just a small bit, to live a better life. There are many families that are suffering in South Africa and these mothers deserve a chance to give their kids a better life.
Amigurumi (編みぐるみ, lit. “crocheted or knitted stuffed toy”) is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures. The word is a compound of the Japanese words 編み ami, meaning “crocheted or knitted”, and 包み kurumi, literally “wrapping”, as in 縫い包み nuigurumi “(sewn) stuffed doll”.