A GLOBAL CRAFT COMMUNITY SUPPORTING WOMEN SURVIVORS OF WAR
We are so pleased that LoveKnitting, a world-wide community for knitters, crocheters and sewers, are supporting Women for Women International and the women we serve. LoveKnitting’s Yarn Collective are donating 1% of all sales to our work helping some of the world’s most marginalised women rebuild their lives.
The Yarn Collective works with independent designers to create yarns in a range of beautiful colours. A trio of women designers launched the Yarn Collective - Melanie Berg from Germany, Bristol Ivy from the USA and Carol Feller from Ireland.
Through the Yarn Collective’s activity, LoveKnitting have raised enough to sponsor a woman from the Democratic Republic of Congo through our year-long training programme. Thanks to their generosity, LoveKnitting’s sponsored sister Sikitu will learn how to earn and save money, improve her family’s health and make her voice heard at home and in the community.
Knit for the Sisterhood
The Yarn Collective
Our partnership with LoveKnitting reflects the synergy between the work of Women for Women International and our partners. Through our year-long training programme, women can choose a craft as their vocational skill: from knitting and tailoring to embroidery.
Faith says, “Being a single mother is very difficult. My hope for the future is to provide a good education for my daughters. I will also teach them how to knit, so they have a skill.”
Faith uses the profits from her knitting business to pay school fees for her daughters, and enjoys working together with her fellow graduates. “After graduation, we started a business together. We knit the clothes here in our workshop and then sell them at local markets. We like working together, it’s better than working alone.”
Alice Rivers-Cripps was so inspired by the warmth of the women she met that she decided to create unique pieces of jewellery in order to raise funds and awareness to help survivors of war.
NET-A-PORTER have celebrated International Women’s Day with Women for Women International for the past three years. The brand has curated t-shirt collections with iconic designers in aid of the women we serve. Each t-shirt design brought to life the designers’ own interpretation of women’s empowerment and courage.