Look Good, Do Good: Krochet Kids
Look Good, Do Good is a monthly feature on Poplar Travels that highlights designers and retailers making the world a better place through their products. As travelers, we want to give back to the world we love exploring so much. Suggest an innovative sustainable or philanthropic partner to [email protected] or leave a comment on this post.
Krochet Kids intl. began as three friends crocheting as a hobby and has grown into a successful nonprofit employing women in Uganda and Peru. These women come from difficult circumstances, some were captives and injured during war, some were abused, all were struggling to makes ends meet and support themselves and their families. Now, with stable incomes and mentorship through Krochet Kids they can send their children to school, buy houses for themselves and some even have dreams of opening a business of their own.
Krochet Kids empowers entire communities by investing in women and not just by providing jobs; they provide education and include mentorship in their programs. Their goal is to ensure the sense of empowerment lasts and the impact is substantial and sustainable.
Investing in women is widely agreed to have the highest return as far as economic development is concerned. Women are far more likely to reinvest their financial gains back into their community, increasing the effects.
Proof can be found in the words from the women of Krochet Kids themselves:
“My dream is to work hard and send my children to school so that they might have a bright future.” Abalo Margret
“My future plan is to educate my children to university level, buy a piece of land and build for them a house.” Laker Florence
Not all their staff are women, but the artisans who hand make and sign each article of clothing are. You can read about each and every one of them on Krochet Kid’s website.
Krochet Kids also ensures the impact on the communities where they work by hiring locals at all levels. This helps ensure the needs of the community are recognized and addressed. You can meet Idro Dominic, the Country Director at KKUganda here.
One of my favorite features of Krochet Kids products is the connection with the maker. Not only can you read their bio and see their photo online, your clothing item is hand signed. You can even send them a thank you note. Transparency is key for nonprofits (and should be for all business) and Krochet Kids shares answers to anything you could think to ask on their website.
If you have any doubt about the impact of purchasing these goods, check out this video of the workers receiving thank you notes from people like you:
Krochet Kids branched out from crocheted hats to shirts, bags and accessories. Stylish products for men and women made with love are available through their website. Some of our favorite items are the Pike bag and the Davis hat. Reasonably priced, hand signed and doing a world of good for a community in need, these pieces definitely fit the “look good, do good” bill.
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Shop their latest styles here and have confidence that your purchase will help a community grow and develop!