Hey everyone! I’m sharing a great project with you today, that I hope will inspire you!
What is Cambodia Knits?
Cambodia Knits is a social enterprise working with poor communities in and near the capital city of Phnom Penh. Their goal is to produce beautiful, high quality and unique hand-made products while providing fair and flexible employment opportunities. Cambodia Knits believes that employment is a sure way out of poverty for marginalized communities, especially when that employment is fairly paid and works with the constraints communities face. As a social enterprise, they put their profits into communities because they believe that putting people ahead of profit results in a great product.
Cambodia Knits produces a cute and lovable range of hand-knitted woolen toys; they’ve been knitting animals and monsters for 4 years, adding finger puppets and magnets along the way. Their focus is on creating quality products with quality materials — making sure each individual piece receives the same care and attention that they hope the customer gives it once it arrives.
Okay, but what does this have to do with crochet?
Cambodia Knits recently sourced some gorgeous 100% cotton yarn. Because it’s too thin to use for knitting, they are now branching out into crochet, giving them more opportunities such as new designs and employing more community members!
Monika, founder of Cambodia Knits, explains everything in this video.
Sounds cool! What can I do?
Cambodia Knits have recently started a Kickstarter campaign! Contributing to their campaign will allow them to purchase this wonderful new yarn in bulk so they can get the best price possible. They also aim to build up our inventory so that in the future they can provide a whole range of great crochet creatures to customers everywhere right away.
You can back their Kickstarter campaign here for as little as $1 CAD, and opt-in to receive goodies like these crocheted goodies:
If you pledge $5 CAD or more, you receive two PDF patterns, so you can crochet the softies yourself!
I love initiatives like these: I like seeing that crochet can be used to help people around the globe :)
Thanks for reading all the way through; keep an eye out this week for more exciting things like a new free pattern!