Summer Entrepreneurial Experiences

Krochet Kids International-Peru

Monday, June 10, 2013 1:30 pm

Buenos dias, fellow bloggers.

My name is Kristi Chan, and I’m a rising junior at WFU, a studio art major with entrepreneurship/social enterprise and international studies minors.

As I type this, I’m sitting on a plane en route to Lima, Peru, where I will live and work for the rest of the summer with an organization called Krochet Kids International. I couldn’t be more excited to embark on this next adventure, although I am bracing myself for major jet-lag whiplash. Just three days ago I was flying out of Nairobi, Kenya, where I had been working with another start up social enterprise, Uhuru Child. To say I’ve been bitten by the travel bug is a bit of an understatement.

The story of this company begins with three college guys who wanted to make a difference. In high school, they had a small business making snowboarding hats and beanies, calling themselves the krochet kids. Long story short, they founded the non profit in 2008, and began teaching women in Uganda how to knit and crochet hats, educating them about business and finance, and employing them with a fair wage. The business has expanded since then, operating now in Peru and producing a wider range of products, growing from 10 beneficiaries to over 150 in both countries. One of my favorite things about this organization is the personal touch on their products–each hat’s label is signed by the woman who made it, and consumers can go online to read their story, as well as write them a thank you note.

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The name of my position in Peru is “Production Assistant and Operations Manager”–a fancy title that still doesn’t tell me much about exactly what I will be doing just yet. I know I will be working with the women there, and I so look forward to building relationships with them and learning more about this model of social entrepreneurship. Couldn’t be more thankful for this opportunity.
More to come soon!

Ciao for now,

Kristi

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