Here at Boco Baby we have the daily pleasure of creating one-of-a-kind clothing and blankets for the adorable  one-of-a-kind children of our customers, and it regularly crosses our mind that each sweet bit of cloth will have the amazing power of sharing a story - the story of that child's name.

You see, just like when we named our own children, we know that the names you choose carry so much meaning.  Either because it's a family name, or a name that tells a story that Mom and Dad share, because it's a name that represents a cherished value, or simply a name that Mom and Dad could (finally!) agree on.  

So we thought, how fun would it be to learn about some of these stories?  How amazing to share the journeys that led you to the names of your sweet babes?

But to be fair, we thought we'd start by sharing how we came to choose the names of our little ones!  
So here goes the first story of how my (Ashley's) daughter came to be Eloise Kate...

When my husband and I first learned that we were having a baby girl, we had the added challenge of finding a name that works in two languages - he is French, I am American, and both languages are spoken in our home.  So the first hurdle we had to overcome was finding a name that worked in both - without sounding funny or being impossible to pronounce in one of the two languages.   

I'll give you some examples: Bérénice sounds elegant and sweet in French, but in English?  Well, I think it sounds like a French person saying "very nice" with a strong accent.  So, no go.  Or, I really liked Hazel in English, but the French?  Pronouncing an "h" is not their specialty!  Not an easy task finding a multilingual name.

We did finally settle on a few that would allow our daughter to live in either France or the US without having to constantly help those around her correctly pronounce her name, and "Eloise" was one of three Fran-glish names that made the final cut.  Then, when she was born, my husband and I both looked at each other and knew immediately that she'd be Eloise (which wasn't the case for our son... story to come later)!  I can't even really say why, but it was simply meant to be.


Although, it wasn't that easy - we purposely chose to spell "Eloise" without the traditional silent "h" in the French form, because the problem goes the other way.  We wouldn't want unsuspecting English speakers to accidentally pronounce the "h" in "Héloïse"!  And in French, we have to include the accented "i" (Eloïse) to avoid her from being called "Elwas".  Complicated, you see!

As for her middle name, Kate, that was decided long ago (by me)!  My family has a tradition of the name Kate, going back to my great grandmother.  We've had KC "Kate", Dorothy Kate, Gloria Kay (short for Kate), my sister Chandler Kay, and then me, who my dad has never failed to call "Ashley Kate"!  So it was only natural that my daughter would also share the legacy.


The name fits her perfectly, and we get great pleasure sharing our "name" story any time someone asks.  Which means that every time she sports her custom Boco Baby gear, we get to proudly share the story of her special name, with special meaning, that we chose for our incredibly special girl.

If you'd like to share the story of your one of a kind babe's name for our blog, please email us at  We can't wait to read and share!

Here at Boco Baby, we spend our days dreaming about all the beautiful babes who are being lovingly awaited, happily welcomed, or joyfully celebrated with each sweet item we ship.  

We smile at the carefully chosen names transposed next to colorful designs - flowers, ladybugs, anchors, giraffes, elephants….

Which is why the message we want to share today is so important.  What if the sweet babe who today sports his new elephant outfit lives to see a time when there are no elephants?  Will another baby cherish her minky blanket not only because it’s a beloved childhood keepsake, but also because it helps her remember the days when there were elephants roaming this planet?

And not just elephants — lions, zebras, leopards… so many of Africa’s wild animals are in danger.

But we can help!

Another Colorado small business, founded and run by a close childhood friend, Marissa Saints, is working to help put a stop to poaching in Africa.  And it doesn’t end there.  She does this while also supporting women, many of them mothers and widows, working in Zambia.  I sat down with her this weekend to learn more, because we want to help spread the word about this amazing company, doing amazing work, through both fair trade and anti-poaching efforts.  Pledges start at just $10, and depending on the pledged amount you may get some of the first and unique snare wire jewelry yourself!



Marissa, why did you start Dsenyo?


I was inspired to start Dsenyo after living in Malawi, Africa.  I was both inspired by the strength of the women I met and frustrated by how few jobs and economic opportunities there were for them. The women we work with are often widows because of the AIDS epidemic and care for many children including their own, plus other dependents.

Dsenyo (dee-SEN-yo) celebrates beauty and empowerment. Our line of fair trade goods includes jewelry, handbags, ethical fashion, baby/toddler apparel and gifts. Each fair trade product is handcrafted by women and artisans in Africa and Brazil working to build a better life and inspire social change in their communities.



Since helping women work their way out of poverty was your focus, how did you get into championing wildlife conservation and anti-poaching?


Last year (2014) Dsenyo started a partnership with a jewelry artisan group in Zambia, Africa.  Through working with this group, I became aware of the gravity of the poaching crisis.  The artisans live in a village at the entrance to South Luangwa National Park which is a refuge for iconic African species like elephants, lions, hippos, giraffe and more. Problem is, the park is also targeted by poachers and it’s getting worse.In this small area of Zambia alone, every single year 8,000 animals are lost to poaching.  In Africa as a whole, an elephant is killed by poachers every 15 minutes which means that over the past 3 years we have lost 100,000 elephants. I never thought a majestic animal like elephants would go extinct. However, they are severely threatened since more elephants are being killed each year than are being born. They won’t be able to survive if this crisis continues.  That’s true for lions as well which are already extinct in seven African countries.

I’m a mom and want my kids to grow up in a world where these animals not only exist but thrive.  With this knowledge of the poaching crisis, I feel a responsibility to respond, and Dsenyo is in a position to do so!



How did the Kickstarter campaign come together?


Dsenyo is running a Kickstarter campaign right now to help us crowdfund the launch of a new line of snare wire jewelry. We are really excited about the snare wire jewelry because it brings together several issues and gives people a chance to be part of a solution.  Not only does this jewelry create jobs and empower women, it also helps fund effective anti-poaching work in Zambia.  Dsenyo donates $5 from the sale of each piece of jewelry back to partner anti-poaching non-profits who are on the front lines fighting the poaching crisis.  These donations really add up quickly and it’s a lasting solution. By contributing to the campaign we are not just making a one-time donation to anti-poaching but launching a line of jewelry that will be sold for years to come, guaranteeing on-going funding for these efforts. That’s exciting!


What is snare wire and how is it transformed into jewelry?


Snare wire trapping is the most common form of poaching in this part of Zambia.  It’s cheap and easy for the poachers who steal the wire from various sources and hide their traps in the long grasses of the savannahs.  Snare wire trapping is also one of the most deadly and indiscriminate forms of poaching.  The traps catch anything and everything that step into them (baby elephant, zebra, leopard, etc) and have devastating effects on the wildlife causing slow painful deaths.

Dsenyo partners with anti-poaching teams that patrol the area looking to arrest poachers, rehabilitate injured animals caught in snares and locate snare wire traps BEFORE animals are caught in them.  The snares that are found and disassembled before animals are trapped are then transformed into beautiful jewelry by Dsenyo’s partner artisan group.  It’s a beautiful partnership and benefits both people and animals.



The designs will be made with actual confiscated snare wire collected by anti-poaching patrols.  The jewelry is meticulously, hand-crafted by the women and artisans at Mulberry Mongoose, Dsenyo's partner artisan group in Zambia, Africa.

With each piece of jewelry sold FIVE dollars is generated for two partner conservation groups in Zambia leading the fight against poaching!  The TWIST in the design represents uniting people all over the world to strengthen each other in the fight against poaching.

How can I (someone half a world away) help? 


• Please watch the video (2 min):

• Consider supporting our Kickstarter campaign.  There are awesome rewards you get to choose from when you pledge including beautiful jewelry for a beautiful cause AND an amazing safari package.

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