Buy a Hat. Change a Life.

Posted on October 12, 2011

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What if I said that even though you live far away from most hunger and poverty, you can still help?  You have it better than a lot of people.  Now, I’m not saying that we don’t have poverty and hunger here in the states, I’m simply saying that compared to places like Uganda you definitely have it easier.   

You always hear about certain organizations doing great things in Africa.  You know what I’m talking about, the types of organizations that are finding new ways to help the people of the developing country.  Well, what if I said there is an organization out there that directly involves you?

Krochet Kids International could very well be the organization that gives you the wake up call that most Americans need.  The KKI was founded on one key principle, empowerment.  The task of this organization is a simple one, and is literally life changing. 

The KKI is an organization that has changed lives through teaching the women of Uganda to crochet.  By being able to crochet, they are able to make hats.  Once the hats are finished, the woman that made the hat signs the tag. Once it has been finished and signed, it is then shipped directly to whomever has purchased the hat.  That money, in return, is sent back to the woman that made the hat.  It’s that simple.  The money made could be used to start a business, get a loan, buy food, and even allow someone to start a whole new life period.  By buying a hat, you can really change someone’s life.  It may seem like it’s too good to be true, but believe it or not, there are good people in this world that want too help other succeed.   

The KKI started out with three high school boys from Spokane, WA.  Kohl Crecelius, the CEO of KKI, learned how to crochet from his older brother.  From there he taught his two best friends (and future business partners), Stewart and Travis how to crochet.  The three boys used to travel during their time off from school in the summer.  They traveled mostly to developing countries.  From their experiences, they realized how good they had it growing up.  It was from their travels that an idea was planted in their mind.  Kohl stated that, “At first, I 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 explained to Kohl and Travis that the people of Uganda had been living in government camps for over twenty years due to rebel armies.  These armies had ravaged the north part of the country for years.  Hundreds to thousands of people had grown up only knowing the camps, relying entirely on their government and different aid organizations for literally everything.  It was then that the boys realized the “simplicity of crocheting to be its most profound quality.”

From learning about what was going on exactly in Uganda, Kohl stated that “By teaching these people to crochet, we would be empowering them to rise above poverty.  We decided right then that we were going to do exactly that.”

Krochet Kids International became a non-profit organization in 2007, and has continued to change lives of Ugandan women at a rapid rate.  Statistics show that the organization has already earned about $765,000 in hat sales alone for 2011.  In addition, the organization has earned approximately $200,000 in donations for 2011.  Statistics also show that by the year 2014, Krochet Kids International will have impacted 16,090 people.

Krochet Kids International believes in “[Creating a] sustainable economic development [program] that support[s] a holistic growth of individuals and communities within developing nations.”  The KKI also follows the principle that “Through a unique model we are empowering the women of northern Uganda with assets, skills, and knowledge to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.  With this investment into true empowerment, we are breaking the cycle of poverty and dependence on outside humanitarian aid.  This result is long lasting and [a] sustainable change.”

Knowing that there is an organization that allows you as an individual to change a person’s life is so heartwarming.  Being able to change a life through buying a hat is a form of ecstasy in its own way.  So, I leave you with this, if you are looking to help make a difference in the world, start with one person. “Buy a hat. Change a Life.”

Reported by Kylie Wright

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