A little bit more about CocoToy

Updated: Jun 4, 2020

I am Viviana (@vivi_cadavid), my husband is Nathan, and our son is Thiago.

I am a social entrepreneur, or as they say now, "a person who has a career-project with purpose."

I have always been involved in projects that have a positive impact on this world; my first idea was CadaVida foundation, which I created several years ago in Colombia, to empower women in vulnerable situations through training and job opportunities (@cadavidafoundation). Then, there was TEDxMedellín (@tedxmedellinoficial), where I feel that thanks to what I do with my team, we have managed to inspire thousands of people with powerful ideas. And now, CocoToy.

We are a couple that has been in many places around the world, sometimes separated by the country but together in our hearts, as happened from the beginning of 2014 to the end of 2017, when I decided to travel from China to Medellín, Colombia to work at my foundation.

As a family, Nathan and I decided it was time to go back to live in the same city together. We had many options, and since I had studied in Amsterdam (THNK School), we thought it could be a good one. List checked:

✅ an international city,

✅ everyone speaks English,

✅ connected to the rest of the world,

✅ baby-friendly,

✅ friends,

✅ nature, and so on.

On November 23rd, 2017, our apartment was ready but without furniture, so we slept on an inflatable mattress.

We spent 2 months together, between Paris, Germany, London, and a getaway to Oban, Scotland, where after a whiskey tour, Thiago chose us, and he came to our lives on October 19th, 2018!

Motherhood changed my life, adding the urgencies of giving my son the best that I can, being part of the circular economy, having a sustainable lifestyle, and creating community. Having those challenges and motivation in mind, CocoToy was born.

I am a mother with a family that, like many of us, is not perfect, but we can say that love and the desire to be the best version of ourselves everyday are not lacking in our home.

CocoToy is the answer to some of my challenges as a mom: where to buy educational toys, what toys to buy, what to do with them after buying them. I don't like shopping continuously or shopping online for hours... I needed a service like CocoToy, and since I did not find it in Amsterdam, I decided to create it, providing a solution to thousands of parents who had the same difficulty as us.

I hope with this project we can create a headlight, a joy, support for many families! And together, we can support each other on this path, as hard as beautiful, of being parents.