December 16, 2010

New Business Opportunities in the Bush of Uganda

While in Uganda (Nov. 2010) Chelsea had the privilege of teaching women to crochet.  None of these ladies had ever crocheted before and I was amazed when I arrived 20 minutes later to see how fast many women had learned...they were crocheting evenly and several different stitches.  I enjoyed watching Chelsea's face as she saw how eager these women were to learn. 

Chelsea is busy working on simple designs that theses ladies would be able to make that we can bring home on our next trip to sell here in the US.

This group of women (about 50) survived the 20+ year war in Northern Uganda.  There husbands are dead as are many of their sons.  Most rely on growing grains and distilling them into alcohol (i.e. moonshine) to make enough money to barely survive.  We are striving to provide several income streams for these women.

Crochet Collection is offering one viable income stream for women who wish to improve their lives and the lives of their community and family.

Crochet Collection will continue to take yarn donations of all kinds for educational purposes and helping get this endeavor off the ground.

Thanks so much for your support and encouragement as Chelsea continues to spread the craft of crochet around the globe!

(Chelsea's proud mama)

1 Comments, Leave a Comment:

Great job!

I was in Uganda in 2009 and was able to teach a group of women from the slums in Kampala how to crochet using plastic bags.

I showed them a bag I had made and some plastic bags to show them how to make plarn. They got so excited! There were one or two who knew how to crochet. All I had to do was show them how to start and do the increases. In half an hour they all had it learned. I taught one and just followed the hook around correcting as they taught each other.

Plastic bags are a huge pollution problem and so free for the to use. Definitely a way for them to create an income. I was able to give them 40 crochet hooks donated by my LYS.

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