Artisan Organization: Krochet Kids
Growing up in the war-torn region of northern Uganda, Adong Sunday was an orphan by the time she was 12, and the sole breadwinner for her 5 siblings. Urging her family forward, Sunday dropped out of school, taught her siblings how to farm, and after joining Krochet Kids, used her wages to put them through school. Then she turned to her own future.
After 2 years in the program, Sunday turned to her mentor and said she was ready to start her very own business, a small grocery store servicing her neighborhood. Can you guess how it went? These days, Sunday is known as the “rich girl” in town.
Based on the idea that when the lives of women improve, the lives of their families and vitality of their communities improves as well, Krochet Kids focuses on empowering women. First, the organization provides its female participants with jobs, so they are able to meet the immediate needs of their families. Securing their families in turn creates a space for education and mentorship in designing their own unique and sustainable career paths.