An idea, born out of a mother’s desire to give her daughter a positive sense of self has grown into an award-winning business that is about much more than giving your child another thing to play with.
At the heart of Girlz Ink is Baby Thando, a beautiful, black doll custom-made to be representative of little South African girls and their features.
Nonhlanhla Mthethwa, the Pietermaritzburg mom who founded the business and created the doll with her friend Luleka Nzimande, says the idea came to her when she was looking for a doll for her child.
“When I couldn’t find what I wanted I knew I had to make it. I literally had to Google how to make a doll.
“I learnt soon enough that I could not manufacture a plastic doll of this nature in South Africa.”