Becki for Samburu Mamas

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Raised by 137 people in 13 months
Hi All.

I have a secret, that many of you don’t know about me. I obsessively make doll clothes. When I was 8, my grandmother helped me make my own Halloween costume. When I was 16, I got my first sewing machine.  I had visions of becoming a fashion designer and made my own clothes in high school.  Fast forward a few years. I still love fashion. I even played a fashion receptionist on TV.  I have a daughter. She likes dolls. I make the doll’s clothes. Sometimes I watch Project  Runway  while I do it and pretend I’m a designer. When I’m not on set you can either find me at my sewing machine or wandering the fashion district looking for buttons. Stay with me here. 

Along the way I’ve met some pretty amazing people, one of whom asked me if I would make a few doll outfits for a charity she works with. It’s called the Samburu Trust.  She is traveling to Kenya June 17, and with another glorious maker mom will teach the women of the Samburu tribe the art of doll making. This is part of an ongoing effort to support and empower the Samburu people to sustain their families and give them freedom to live the life they choose.  All the money from the dolls they make and sell will go back to the mamas to feed their families. 

  After gazing at  pictures of the women and children for weeks while I designed the clothes, I began to ask more questions. I studied their culture. The ways they connect.  The mamas of the Samburu  are a tight knit group, a sisterhood that relies on each other and hold an incredible bond. It is in this spirit, of women lifting each other up to help their communities, that I’ve become so personally connected to this cause. Since moving back to NYC I’ve been so blessed to have a village of people that inspire me to always ask, “how can I help?” As a mother, maker, sister, daughter, creator, the more I’ve learned about the philosophies and ways of the Samburu people, the more I know we can learn from them, as well as help them.

I am raising funds to sponsor the doll making workshop. The women will need transport to the workshop, food, and a small stipend to support their family.

Here’s where it all began... I made a few doll outfits for this doll, an example of what the mamas will be learning to make. 

I kept going.... and learning....

Friends started to help. My dear friend Jeet (who happens to be a mom and philanthropist and bag designer) gave me her scrap leather and I started making the scraps into doll slippers...My best friend Vedette came over just to show me how to make button holes on my sewing machine.  

I asked more about the people, and the charity. I couldn’t get it off my mind that there was more that could be done...

I think of women in my life, that inspire with their strength and courage and knew it was time to do more for these mamas. 


Will you help? Even one dollar matters. It truly does. I thank you in advance for even reading this far. Regardless of whether you donate,  would you pass this along? That is helping too. We all can help. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. 


maker of doll clothes
lover of mamas
ready for change, no matter how small
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Hello friends and family,

Just a quick note to thank you again for supporting the Samburu Trust this year. We’ve almost reached our goal of fully funding the doll workshop. In March, the doll workshop will begin and in 2019 we will have many updates (and dolls) to share.

I recently hosted Julia, the founder of the Samburu Trust in my home while she visited from Kenya. I’m so moved by her work and am determined to continue to support her efforts. On December 10th, I will be hosting the “Soul Ride for Samburu Mamas” at Soul Cycle in NYC in hopes of reaching our goal. Tickets are 35 dollars (the price of one ride) and all proceeds will go to the mamas. Please contact me if you’d like to ride with us, I’ll send you details.

Thank you again for your help with this. There is so much good work being done, I’m grateful to have found something I can support with all my heart and soul, and grateful that you’ve all been a part of it with me.
A doll I made for Julia and the Mamas
Thank you stars from my mamas
Gathering, dreaming, planning Xoxoxo
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Moms helping moms. Katy (another maker goddess) made these sweet doll hats for the doll workshop. I can’t figure out which I love most.
The sweetest rainbow of doll hats.
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Thank you donors!
Michael babysits while I rehearse
Lunch breaks=trip to fabric stores!
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Hi all,
We are halfway there! Working away in the "studio" today (my dining table) making tiny overalls and dresses and feeling incredibly grateful for all your donations. THANK YOU!!!! And keep spreading the word. xoxoxo Becki
In action!
Marc St. James
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Raised by 137 people in 13 months
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Samburu Trust USA Inc
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