Many places I visited have very limited access to fresh water. My friend from Mali told me that we could build a water well for $15~20,000. I came up with an idea of making & selling teddy bears with the wax-print fabrics which are widely used by people throughout West Africa to save up money for a water well. It has been having a slow but great progress thanks to all my friends who are supporting this project♪ Few of my friends and my mother is helping me sewing, I also started sewing first time in my life. Everything is new to me groping and having baby steps, But I shall just keep going !!
"Kuma No Ko" means "Cub" or "Baby Bear", and "ido" means "Water Well" in Japanese. The combination of thosetwo words symbolizes my wish that these little bears will make friends that will link people here and in West Africa.
Eventually I want to add other fabrics from different regions and countries to celebrate different cultures that I find so inspiring. I am also making Camo Bears as an exclusive line of #kumanokoido. These fabrics used in this line are made out of Camo patterns from armed forces, region and military braches all over the world. This collection symbolizes world unity. Check it out if you are interested in adopting a bear to your home!