Akwir Irene

Akwir Irene has spent the majority of her life running—from rebel soldiers, family disputes and an unhealthy marriage. Today, she is able to settle safely with her children and to build a peaceful life with the money that she earns at KKU.

“I have already started caring for eight chickens and one goat and I hope that I can continue to work in agriculture so that I can afford to send my children to school.”

“The most beautiful thing about Northern Uganda today is the expanding women’s rights. Whereas we were once walked upon and given no rights, today our local leaders are helping us become independent and gain respect.”

“Thank you for all that you have done for our lives already and please continue to work in Northern Uganda so that we can all afford to send our children to school so that their futures may be bright.”

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  1. Michele Klimowicz

    Akwir Irene,

    Thank you so much for your beautiful work. I hope that through this program, you are able to send your children to school and that you are able to continue to do the things that you love. I will think of you every time I wear my hat.


  2. Addy Morrison

    Thank you SO much for my hat! I will wear it every day when I walk to work in New York City, and think of you every time! I wish I could come to Uganda to give you a great big hug and thank you in person. Thank you so much again and have a blessed New Year!

    Addy Morrison

  3. Jennifer Rios

    Hello Akwir Irene,

    Thank you so much for making my handmade “Lilly” hat. Today got very chilly out and I came across your work in the display of a skate board store. The hat look great on the Mannequin, I had to try it on. To my surprise it came with a special touch; handmade, signed by you, picture of you and from Uganda. I was humbled. It was just Christmas here and this hat is one of the most special gifts I can give myself. I can only hope and pray that you could gain all the money and respect you deserve for you and your children. May God bless you and your family. I will be on the lookout for other items you have made Akwir. With love and respect from New York City! Best regards, Jen

  4. Matthew Danelo

    Dear Akwir Irene,

    Thank you so much for the beautiful work you put into the Beanie I just purchased. I love it! I can tell you take pride in what you do. I’ll think warm thoughts of you every time I put it on to warm my head.

  5. Patricia Rast-Burton

    Thank you so much for your beautiful work..I love my hat, wear to often and I will forsure be ordering again…Thank you so very much again. God bless

  6. Nicole Bussard

    Dear Akwir Irene,

    I got my Lola hair bow today in the mail. It is two colors of blue and absolutely beautiful! I work in the Bahamas for Disney Cruise Line and love to wear big bows in my hair. This one will be perfect for at work and during my free time, I think Minnie Mouse will even really love it! Thank you so much for all your beautiful creations and all the love and hard work you have put into them! I pray for the best for you and your children!

    Lots of Love,

  7. Connie Eggers

    Dear Akwir Irene,

    My daughter bought one of your hats for me, and I just wanted to write to you and say thank you very much! It is black, so it matches my jacket and gloves, and it’s also very, very soft! I’m happy that you have been able to find some economic security for yourself and your family, and I send many good wishes your way. Thank you so much for your work.

    All the best to you and your family,


  8. Melody Lenox

    Dear Akwir Irene,

    Thank you for making the Quinn scarf! I bought it for my daughter for Christmas because it was on her wish list and she loved it!! In January she went to California for a few months and didn’t need the scarf in that beautiful weather so she left it here with me in Tulsa, OK. I’m glad she did!! It has been an unusually cold winter and I have worn it several times…it is lovely and it keeps me toasty warm!

    Thank you so much for your beautiful workmanship! May you continue to be blessed as you bless others!


  9. Denise Russo

    Akwir Irene,

    I just purchased one of your knit caps and I absolutely love it!!
    I am so happy to support this organization so that you may send your children to school.

    Peace, love, and happiness from Boston, MA

  10. Eileen Kimmett

    That hat you made is keeping me warm this winter in Ontario, Canada. It is beautiful!!!! Thank-you!! Sending lots of love :).

  11. Regina

    Akwir Irene,
    I received an infinity scarf you made, from my daughter for Christmas. I wanted you to know, it is very, very beautiful and a most treasured gift. Your work is beautiful! I wish you well on your journey.

  12. Chelsea Santos

    Dear Akwir Irene,

    My name is Chelsea Santos and I just wanted to take the time to thank you for the beautiful beanie you made for me. It’s dark orange with a pom pom on top, and I knew at first glance that I had to have it. It’s soft and comfortable…perfect for skiing over here in California! I am deeply moved by your biography and feel overjoyed that I found KKi. I am praying for you and your children, that you may continue to find empowerment and peace through your work. I look forward to supporting the organization further because women like you inspire me with your strength and determination. God bless!

  13. Gillian

    I just received my hat that you made! It is absolutely beautiful and perfect in every way! I can’t wait to show it off. I wish you the best of luck with your work in agriculture and for the future of your family! Just know that you are loved!

    God Bless,

  14. Alexandra Perry

    I love my hat and it means so much more to me be able to say thank you to the person who made it! I wear it around proudly and I love sharing the story of where I got it and who made it for me. Thank you so much.

  15. Rachael Vary

    Thank you so much for making my hat!! It is beautiful and I absolutely love it. I wish you the best in all that you do. Thank you again!

  16. Aaron Van Dyke

    Dear Akwir Irene,
    Thank you so much for all your time and effort to make such a beautiful product! We are so glad there is a program out there that can bring together two cultures closer together for such a great cause! Best wishes to you and your family! Sincerely, Aaron

  17. Cherry Taing

    Thank you Irene. I truly appreciate the beautiful beanie that you have made for me. God bless!! =)

  18. Megan M

    Thank you for the beautiful scarf you made me! I was touched by your story and pray God will continue to bless you and your family!

  19. Kim

    Thank you Akwir Irene for “The Betty” beanie you made. I love the bright yellow colour, it brightens my day. Your lovely hat keeps me warm during this cold Canadian winter! Wishing you all the best :)

  20. Jillian Eppler

    Irene, I just received a bag that you hand-made for my birthday. It is beautiful! When I read about your story and saw KK is helping you make your dreams come true, I was overcome with joy that I can be a part of such a beautiful cause. I will cherish the bag you made, and pray for you and your family every time I use it! Thank you so much for your time and effort, I love it.
    Love, Jillian

  21. Johanna Schlag

    Dear Irene,
    I got this beautiful hat from my aunt from Chicago this Christmas.
    I live in Austria in Europe and all my friends think it is lovely so I´m
    going to wear it every day!
    Thanks again an a happy new Year!

  22. Sue Daggett

    I love the hat, but most of all I love your spirit and what KK is doing.
    I hope your future continues to be bright and wish you many years of success!

  23. April MacDonald

    Dear Akwir Irene,
    Thank you so much for the Betty hat you made me! I absolutely love it. I love telling everyone I know about Krochet Kids intl. Im glad I could help out in any way possible and also get a really cute and comfortable product. Thanks again and good luck to you and your family and friends!

  24. Michael Gonzalez

    Irene thank you very much for the beautiful beanie you made for me, it’s a little tight on my big head but its stretching out nice and it keeps my ears very warm, thank you again I will be ordering more soon! :)

    Your friend

    Mikey Gonzalez

  25. Christie Seal

    Thank you SO much for the beautiful hat you knitted for me! I absolutely love it! Each time I wear it I will think of you!! You have an amazing talent. My heart is filled with joy knowing this will help you! May God bless you & your family & hold you close to his heart!

    Love & God Bless,

  26. Samantha Norman

    Akwir Irene,
    I just recieved a very pretty hat with your name inside of it. Thank you so very much. It’s a fine hat. Also, you have a very nice smile. Good luck with your chickens and goats. Best of luck and lots of love to your children.
    Much love,

  27. Jennifer Sandoval

    Thank you for my beanie irene, it is beautiful and soft and i absolutely love it!
    god bless you and your loved ones, always.

  28. Bethany Ace

    I just purchased one of your lovely sunglasses case. Thank you so much. May this blessing you give your customers bless you in return with a double portion for you and your family.

  29. Liz Pontius

    Thank you Irene for the lovely hat you made! My friend had bought a hat from Krochet Kids and I had to get one myself! It is beautiful work and I love that I am able to know about the person who made it personally. I hope this purchase supports you and that God will continue to provide for you!

    God Bless!

  30. Jordan Offerdahl

    Akwir Irene –
    Thank you so much for the love and hard work you have put into making me this beautiful crocheted headband! I am so thankful that you hand-made this, it is so special and thoughtful of you to do this for people around the world! I am 12 and live in Colorado (USA), thanks again for all your hard work, you have a great talent! Good luck to you and your family in the future.

    Love To You From Colorado!
    – Jordan Offerdahl
    Colorado (USA)

  31. Sarina Martinez

    Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into making my hat! It’s awesome. :)

  32. Trevor Kovar

    Dear irene,
    Thank you so much for the beautifully crafted “Barney” hat that i recieved in the mail today. This is the second Krochet Kids hat that i have purchased and I can not wait to order many more. So thank you so much for your talent and hard work and good luck to you and your family in the future.

  33. Erika

    Akwir Irene,

    Thank you for the beautiful hat! It was a gift given to me by two children that I look after and they were so excited to show me the tag inside that had your name on it. Thank you for the warm, beautiful hat and for the joy that you have brought the girls and I.

    Blessings on you and your family!
    -Erika (USA, Oregon)

  34. Paige Bryan

    Akwir Irene,
    Thank you do much for the hat you made me. I was so excited when it came in the mail tonight! I love it and it fits just right! You are amazing at what you do.

    Thank you!
    Paige (USA Ohio)

  35. Evan

    Dear Akwir Irene,

    I absolutely love my hat that you knitted! You have such an amazing talent and are such an inspiration to everyone! I hope that everyday your life gets better and that your children are proud of the person you are! Sending my best wishes and love to you!! Thank you so much!

    Evan (Indiana)

  36. Lacey

    Akwir Irene,

    I received your scarf as a gift for Christmas. Thank you so much for your beautiful handiwork and for sharing your gift. I will treasure your scarf and wish you the best in the future.

  37. Melissa Poliseno

    Dear Akwir,
    Thank you so very much for the beautiful hat I received for Christmas. It is so well made and keeps me warm! I am learning to crochet and hope one day I will be as good as you are at it. Love to you and your children. May God continue to bless you all.

    Melissa (Texas, USA)

  38. Jenea Labat

    Lovely Akwir Irene,
    It’s finally getting cold in Louisiana so I am able to wear my hat outside!! I’ve told people of the work you do and my perfect hat’s story since it arrived in the mail. You are one inspiring woman!! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. I know my hat was made with love because it is so beautiful. Thank you so much. Sending you and your family smiles and lots of love!


  39. Jessica M

    Thank you so much for my hodge podge hat! I got it from my parents as a christmas present and i love it!!!!! I hope that you continue to work with KKi and that you are able to reach all of your goals. Good luck to you and your family. I wish you the best of luck :)

  40. Lacie Miller

    Thank you so much for my hat! I love it so much! You’re so gifted. I admire your courage and bravery. God bless you and your family.

  41. Sue Gilmore

    My beautiful daughter bought me a hat for Christmas because she love that women are not
    being exploited in the process. She herself is crocheting headbands to raise money to go on a
    mission trip to Kenya. She also loves that women are being taught to crochet in order to change their lives.
    I love what Krochet Kids is doing for you and others and I’m glad she shared the story with me.
    Thank you for my hat and I am blessed by the love you put into every stitch.
    Sue from California

  42. Bryan Vivero

    Thank you for my very first 5207.5 i’m really satisfied with my hat and i made 2 more purchases. It’s truly an honor to be able to help you through my purchase. I wish you and your family all the best and always be safe.

    All the love from NYC

  43. Grace

    I just received my beautiful light blue betty hat today. I LOVE IT! I’m going to wear it everyday and think of you and your family. I’m so thankful and I wish you the best for many years to come. You’re a brave and beautiful woman. Thank you again! Bless you!

  44. Chelsea D

    Thank you so much Irene! I absolutely love my new scarf, it will keep me warm over here in New York!

  45. Alyssa Fanz

    Dear Akwir Irene,
    Thank you so much for the handmade beanie. It is something I will cherish. I admire your courage and ambition. I only hope to be half the woman you are when I am older. Best of luck:)

  46. Jackee Lopez

    Thank you so much for my beanie. I really love it! it is more beautiful in person than in the picture. you are very gifted to make something this beautiful. May God bless you and your family.

  47. Heather Abramovitz

    Dear Irene,
    Thank you so very, very much for my new hat! I absolutely love it! You do wonderful work and are very talented. I picked one that matches the colors of my favorite American Football team and I can’t wait to wear it when I go to one of their games next month. I wish you the best of luck with your future plans and am very happy that you have found some peace in your life.

    Heather A.

  48. Mike Coughlan

    Thank you so much for the hat you made me! I was so excited for it to arrive and was even happier when it came and fit perfectly! It’ll be keeping me warm all winter, and is so comfy!

  49. Alexandra Tipton

    Thank you Akwir Irene for the lovely hat you made for me. I cannot thank you enough for the time you have spent on each hat. I am so excited to wear my hat in this fall weather in Pittsburgh PA. I am so happy to be able to share something with you and I will keep you and your family in my prayers. May the days always be bright in your life and may you continue to be blessed. Thank you so much!

  50. Calvin W.

    thank you so much for the hat it is amazing!! ill carry you with me everywhere and tell people your story. i got the 5207.5 and it fits perfectly im 18 years old and live in Michigan so it will get alot of use :) your story is inspirational.
    stay strong, much love, calvin

  51. Owen Dunphy

    Thanks for the Betty hat. My mom ordered it for herself but it was so soft and nice that I decided that it should be mine. It’s really neat to see who made my new hat. I am 6 years old and live in Colorado where it gets really cold. The hat will keep me warm and cozy.

  52. Chelsie Thompson

    I anxiously awaited the arrival of my new hat, The Betty, with very high expectations. I had read so many comments and I knew my hat would be equally amazing. I finally opened my mail box to find my package waiting for me with the most beautiful and perfect hat inside. I went over the weaves with my fingers and traced the knits as I examined the perfection I held in my hands. It exceeded every expectation I had. While the hat itself is beauty and perfection, I couldn’t help but think about the wonderful woman (you) whose life is being bettered by making this hat for me. I read the brief description of your troubled past and I was so grateful to be able to help you progress in your pursuit of education for your children and the desire you have to work in agriculture. Your passion will lead you to your goal and I thank you so much for sharing a piece of you with me as well as your time on my amazing hat. Best of luck to you and your family I look forward to the future you are creating for yourself. Thank you so much once again for your beautiful creation.

  53. Sara

    Dear Akwir Irene,

    Thank you so much for the gold Betty beanie you made! It is beautiful, and I asbolutely love it! I plan on wearing it as much as I possibly can. I will be praying for you and your family.


  54. Courtney Nichols

    Hi Irene, I wanted to send you a hello from Tennessee. Thank you for my beanie, it fits perfect and is beautiful. I have sent many friends to KKU and everyone loves the result they get. Thank you for making my beanie with such love and care. May good times be with you and your children. Thank you!!! -Courtney Nichols

  55. Kylie Douel


    I just received my Bella hat & I absolutely love it! Thank you SO much! I wish you the best in all of your future endeavors. I have told so many people about KKi. I hope they all purchase a hat, maybe yours, to help change a life. You put a smile on my face today. I’m happy to have met you. I send you all of my love.

    Kylie D.
    Orlando, FL

  56. Amy Morales

    Dear friend,

    Thank you so much for sharing your talent with me! You’re story truly fills my heart with joy! It’s a privilege to be wearing your hat! Stay strong. Keep looking up. My thoughts and prayer are with you!

    Best wishes,

  57. Lee

    Dear Irene,
    Thank you for my beanie. Also, thank you for overcoming. Thank you for persevering. Thank you for fighting on when opposition seems bigger than will. Thank you for pressing forward when so much, is pushing against you. Thank you for giving me hope. You may not know this, but your act of defiance against oppression empowers me, Josh Fulks in San Diego, California. That makes you a life changer. So thank you.

    Josh Fulks

  58. Vanessa N. Fowler

    Dear Akwir Irene,
    I hope that you are well! The hat you knit is beautiful and I wear it almost every day. Thank you so much.
    Jeremiah 29:11,

  59. Angela

    Hi there!

    I just wanted to say that I love my new hat that you made! Its beautiful and I will cherish it for a long time with the thought that you made it! Best wishes!


  60. Tara Long

    Irene you are so strong and beautiful – just like the hats you make!

    I also make things and am so happy to have this gift from far away, and more than that I am happy you and your kids are well. Stay strong and keep going!

    _Tara (New York)

  61. Nancy Fagan

    Dear Akwir Irene,

    I love the beautiful hat you made. It was a 50th birthday present for myself! We have 6 inches of snow on the ground today, so it is very useful already. May God bless you and your family.

    Nancy Fagan (Columbia, Missouri)

  62. Jennifer Murcia

    Dear Akwir Irene,

    Thank you so much for the beautiful hat you knitted and eventually became my Christmas present this past year. I love it, it’s so soft and warm. I will think of you whenever I wear it and know that you are out there working hard to support your family. I would love to visit Africa someday. I wish you well with everything, that you and your family may be happy and enjoy life.

    Take care and thanks so much again for the hat… it’s similar to the 5207.5 but has ear flaps and little braids hanging down on either side. (light blue, light yellow and gray)

    Peace, Jennifer

  63. Kajal Patel

    Thank you, Irene! I love the hat you knitted for me. It will surely keep my head warm during the cold winter!

  64. Robin Altman

    Hi Irene!

    I LOVE the hat you made for my daughter Jennifer! I’m going to give it to her for Christmas. Jennifer LOVES international friendship so this will be a perfect present for her. The light blue will match her eyes and it will keep her warm on cold days and nights. I understand about your difficult marriage. I had one too. Yes… even here in the US that happens. BUT.. now I have a wonderful partner who is a musician. I am an artist. Good for you in all that you are doing for your family!! I will think of you as I work to do the same thing!!

    Love across the earth to you Irene,

    Robin (another Mom)

  65. Thomas Meston

    Thank you Irene. Even though it doesn’t get that cold here in LA, It will surely keep my ears warm on the rare chilly evenings.

  66. Cassandra Pairis

    Thank you soooo very much Irene for the beautifully made Bella, I know what skill it takes to crochet and will never forget the time you took to make my bella that I will always wear and treasure. May God continue to bless you and your family. Thank you again for your loving work

    In God’s love and blessings,

  67. John Thomas Halili

    ms. Akwir Irene,
    thank you thank you thank you sooo much for the DaNoches beanie you knitted for me! it fits perfect! and i love the ear flaps and tassels! and oh my goodness, i knew it would be soft, but i didn’t know it would be as soft as it actually is. it feels great! thank you very much!
    may GOD bless you and your loved ones, and keep you safe in His arms always.