Krochet Kids, a clothing company, also selling hats and other accessories, started by three friends in high school, that lead to a life changing idea they came upon in college. Each clothing article is personailzed by the woman who created it, signed by them. These women recieve from Krochet Kids: fair wages, a job, an education, and a mentorship. Their story is a great one:
Among other things, my older brother taught me how to crochet.
Shortly thereafter I passed the skill onto my friends Travis and Stewart. Being avid snow sports enthusiasts, we liked the idea of having our own unique headwear on the mountain and, though it was not a normal hobby for high school guys, we reveled in the novelty of it.
-Kohl Crecelius, CEO & Co-founder
Before long the creations caught the attention of classmates and they began taking custom orders and selling their crocheted masterpieces to anyone who would buy them. It was a local newspaper in their hometown of Spokane, WA that officially dubbed them the “Krochet Kids”.
An idea was then born. One which involved a familiar trade. Friends and family encouraged them to teach people in developing countries how to crochet as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty. At first, they thought the world needed something more drastic than crochet, something much more profound. That was until Stewart returned home after a summer spent in Uganda.
Stew told us about a people that had been living in government camps for over 20 years due to a rebel army that had ravaged the north part of the country. Entire generations grew up only knowing the camp and relying solely on the government and aid organizations for their every need. They were sick and tired of being dependent upon these operating bodies and they wanted to work and provide for their own families.
It was then that they realized the simplicity of crocheting to be its most profound quality. Being paid a fair wage to do so would allow for them, for the first time, to provide for their families and begin planning for the future. By teaching these people to crochet, they would be empowering them to rise above poverty. They decided right then that they were going to do exactly that.
The Krochet Kids quickly grew beyond us to incorporate close friends who shared this desire to see Northern Uganda transformed by hook and yarn. Halfway through college at this point, we applied to become a non-profit organization and began crocheting again to sell hats and share our vision for what we planned to do.
Krochet Kids intl. has continued to grow and evolve in ways we never imagined since we earned our non-profit status in January 2008. Today, over 150 people in Uganda and Peru are working, receiving education, and being mentored toward a brighter future in creating gifts that give back. The products created abroad have been well received here at home and the collaboration of our staff and beneficiaries around the globe has created a sustainable cycle of employment and empowerment.
Our two project locations are but microcosmic examples of what we hope to replicate throughout impoverished communities around the globe. Join with us as we continue to spread the good word of hope and empowerment