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Kohl Crecelius, Stewart Ramsey and Travis Hartanov were passionate about crocheting. But after visiting the impoverished region of northern Uganda, they realized their part-time hobby could make a real difference in people’s lives. So the three friends from Washington State devised a program that would allow the country’s women to use crocheting as a means to provide for their family, as well as save money toward investing in their future and grow in community leadership skills.
With an organization and production model in place with local professional staff, a location selected in the city of Gulu in northern Uganda, and as much yarn as they could afford, Krochet Kids International (KKI) began its first program with 10 participants.
The program runs from three to five years. Participants learn production and how to read the charts of the particular items they’re given to work on during a given week. To give each woman ownership and pride in the clothing items they’re making, a hand-signed label is affixed to each piece before it is packaged and shipped to KKI’s distribution center in California. KKI’s website features a page where you can look up the crocheter of your KKI apparel, and learn more about who she is and what she plans on doing after she graduates from the program.
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You can DONATE to Krochet Kids International here.