Me and my favorite pirate!
How did Bambuzi Toys come to be?
After moving to Nairobi, I was impressed with the many talented clothing and furniture makers and the lovely bright kitenge fabrics. Interested in unique toys for my toddler-age son, I searched for locally made toys that were creative, durable, and not plastic or imported.
To my surprise, I didn't find any.
Determined...I found a resourceful local crafter that helped me
source materials , sat down at my sewing machine,
and starting making toys.
And Bambuzi was born!
Nowadays, I don't make all the toys myself. We partner with local sewing cooperatives and eco-conscious wood workshops
to contribute to local artisan employment.
baba + mbuzi = Bambuzi
[papa] + [goat] = [papa goat]
About our name
One day, when a toy company was just a daydream, my son was running around the house, as toddlers do, screaming a seemingly made up word: “Bambuzi!”
I joked with my husband, “What a funny word. If I ever pursue this kids toy thing, we should call it Bambuzi...”
And then, over time, as things took shape, we needed a name. Of course, it had to be "Bambuzi."
So, quite appropriately, a toddler gave us our name.
Does Bambuzi mean anything in Kiswahili? Yes!
Baba (father/papa/daddy) + Mbuzi (goat) = Bambuzi (papa goat)
It suits us.
Baby goats are called kids.
And after all, aren’t children and goats sometimes a little similar? Well, mine are...
Playful, curious, adventurous....and maybe even a little wild!
Unleash your inner goat! Let's play!