Hello, my name is Izabela I am a French expat living in Istanbul, Turkey. I am a mother of 3, founder and the designer behind bebemoss. I am what people could call an accidental social entrepreneur.
We are proudly providing sustainable jobs with fair pay to stay at home mothers. Most of those women live in outskirts of Istanbul and in most cases, they have no other chance to make money. Many of our Moms are refugees from Syria, working hard to provide necessities for their families while they rebuild their lives in a new country.
We empower a mom community to produce toys working from our workshop but mostly from their homes. Yes, our toys are entirely handcrafted in a home environment and not in a factory! This enables them to better balance their other chores and family life. They can bring their little ones along to the workshop where we have a kid play area.
Working with refugee mothers is a life-changing experience, it got me right out of my comfortable and privileged expat life bubble into the harsh reality. It helped me understand the challenges faced by those families. As a parent, I firmly believe that each kid should have enough food, the opportunity to learn and an environment to thrive. That is why we donate a $ amount out of each product sold on this website to help refugee children.