Our empowerment project in Peru is located just outside the capital city of Lima, and it is currently working to help lift 38 women and their families out of poverty. We start by working with organizations and churches to identify potential beneficiaries. Our local Peruvian staff then does home visits to assess the needs of the individual and the family to create a baseline assessment. We then start by providing a job through the creation of our apparel and accessories at Krochet Kids Peru. We couple that steady income with education and one-on-one local mentorship in order to create a holistic approach to development. With the skills and knowledge gained through the program our goal is to equip Peruvians with a path toward independence, and free from poverty.
Cut & Sew Initiative
Early in 2013 we launched an all-new endeavor in order to provide further opportunities for involvement from both the communities we work in, as well as our supporters. It was at this time that we launched our Cut & Sew initiative; a sewing floor at Krochet Kids Peru that enabled us to employ more people and create all new product categories.
A Crowd Funded Beginning
We are constantly grateful for the people who share in this vision with us. We invited our community to support the very first hat collection from this location via Kickstarter and the response was amazing! In the Fall of 2011, we raised over 6X what we had originally hoped for the campaign and Krochet Kids Peru was set up for a bright future.
The initial funding helped us to employ 10 women and to start our programs. The original collection consisted of 3 exclusive hats made with an alpaca yarn blend and a custom label just for our backers. Thank you to those of you who own one of these one-of-a-kind hats and have supported this empowerment project since day one!