Nation of Dolls. by maripipicrafters

San Diego, California | 2 Sales


Nation of Dolls. by maripipicrafters

San Diego, California 2 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Eusebia Leto

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"Be the change you want to see", Mahatma Gandhi

Our dolls are the creation of a retired Filipino-American pediatric nurse. Upon retiring from her nursing career, she returned to her homeland; a tiny island called Maripipi, in the Philippines. What she saw were a once proud people afflicted with a staggering level of poverty. Living amidst a corrupt government, these people have seen the deterioration of the health and educational systems, have watched the opportunity for work whittle away and, in the end, lost all hope of breaking free of these oppressive circumstances.

She had a vision. She remembered, as a pediatric nurse, she made cloth dolls in her spare time for her young patients. These dolls brought joy to those who received them. She thought, I will teach my people how to sew and this trade will give them work. So she started an organization to teach people how to sew. There was a catch to joining her organization: in order to remain a member, one must attend regular meetings / classes where people are taught proper values and habits (including early morning aerobics by the sea) to ensure uplift and self-esteem.

Soon, her house was converted into a workshop and classes were formed that covered all facets of doll making including embroidery, sewing, stitching, dress design, and how to assemble the dolls. More and more members joined as time went on. Soon she had a cavalry of dolls and needed an outlet to sell them. So she made the long trip from that small island with the hopes of selling her dolls to American children to enjoy and, in turn, returning hope and pride back to her small island.

When you purchase one of our dolls and cross stitch items, a portion of the proceeds will be returned to the Philippines to help alleviate the endemic poverty of her island. We are truly proud of our products and hope you will purchase one to enjoy for yourself or give as a gift or giveaway item

You are also welcome to visit our gofundme page toward this goal at

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  • Eusebia Leto


    I am a retired pediatric nurse from the Philippines. My son Tom helps me with Etsy such as listing and photographing our dolls and needlecraft. I've been a dollmaker for the past 20 years. It all began when I made a cloth doll for my young patient.

  • Thomas Leto

    Assistant, Photographer, Shipper

    Tom is Eusebia's son and is a proud supporter of his mother's attempt to alleviate the poverty of her people in the small island of Maripipi in the Philippines. He majored in Accounting but has transitioned into the arts and crafts realm of Etsy.

  • The Crafters

    Dollmakers And Cross Stitchers

    From left to right: Luz Culebra, Pilapil Gayo, Geraldine Gutierrez, Lisa Gayo, Lucina Muralla, Zedni Muralla and Julieta Luna. All are member of an association called Maripipi Crafters from Maripipi, the Philippines. They are highly skilled artisans.

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