I am the founder and creative director of Dumyé, a doll company dedicated to bringing love and light to not only our children but the children who have not been spoken for. For every beautifully handcrafted, heirloom quality doll sold, Dumyé pledges to gift a doll to an orphan in need, so that they may make it their own through an art workshop. It is my belief that through design we have the power to shape our culture for the better and through Dumyé I am putting those ideals to work.
Since launching in June 2013, Dumyé has nurtured a loyal following of customers in more then 15 countries spanning the globe. Our dolls are currently retailed in the USA, UAE, UK & AUS. My work with Dumyé has been featured in numerous publications such as Entreprenuer, Arabian Business Startup, Harpers Bazaar, Grazia, Global Citizens, Style.com etc. Ahlan! magazine acknowledged me in their 2014 annual ‘Hot 100’ for being one of the leading entrepreneurs in the region and in August 2014 Good Magazine named me their 'Home Grown Hero'. Most recently Dumyé has been selected as a global finalist, representing The Gulf, in The Venture - a worldwide search for the most promising social entrepreneurs worthy of a piece of the $1 Million USD cash prize.
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