Animals by Gogo Olive

We’ve had some exciting new stock in today. Just look at these lovely unique animals all the way from Gogo Olive in Zimbabwe. Gogo Olive started as a simple vision of a group of women singing and laughing together while creating things with their hands – this vision is fulfilled every time they meet together! Each animal has a label with  the name and photograph of the woman who made it and her chosen name for the animal too. Today we unpacked Pauline the Unicorn and Trish the Giraffe to name just a few!

What is Gogo Olive?

Gogo Olive was set up in 2008 as a response to the huge unemployment problem in Zimbabwe (it currently stands at around 97%), at a time when conditions in the country were particularly difficult.  As well as creating employment for local women the aim is to give them hope as they have the opportunity to use their craft skills to build a future for themselves and their families.

Knitting requires basic materials and can be done anywhere and anytime, which suits the lifestyle of a Zimbabwean woman!

Small Beginnings

What began as a group of six women has now expanded to involve more than 60 women. Working on four different projects in three different areas of Zimbabwe. Supporting as many women as possible and aiming to identify those who are most in need.

Gogo Olive KNITS recognises the sense of purpose that having employment brings as well as the obvious financial benefits. Giving women the opportunity to provide for themselves, their families and experience independence, with fun along the way.

By buying these beautiful hand knitted animals..

You are buying a unique hand made product, which is helping women and their families out of poverty. A wide range of the animals are now available in our museum shop.

“We were entranced not only by the Tapestry panels and the social history on display but also by the ambience of the Meeting House, the interpretation and information made available to us. It is a very good memory for us.”

Sutton Coldfield Ladies’ Gardening Club