I am always amazed at the way that crochet helps people’s lives in so many different ways. At a simple level it provides the average crafter with a stress-relieving creative diversion. And then there are ways that it seriously improves people lives, such as through the Same Sky jewelry project which helps provide a living to HIV+ survivors of the 1994 genocídio em Ruanda.
Same Sky is a fair trade company that is designed to empower Rwandan women by providing them with the tools that they need to live self-sustaining lives through gaining a marketable skill and consistent employment. They do this by teaching the women to crochet and make bracelets, which are then sold and the net proceeds of those sales go directly back into the company to provide more Rwandan women with the same opportunity.
Same Sky was founded in 2008. It specifically works to assist HIV+ women and women with AIDS who were survivors of genocide. Estas mulheres foram expostos a AIDS como um efeito direto das agressões sexuais que eles experimentaram durante o período de genocídio. Durante este tempo, eles também perderam seus maridos e outros parentes do sexo masculino, deixando-os em situação de pobreza uma vez que o genocídio foi superior. Same Sky pretende reverter essa situação, dando as mulheres de volta a sua dignidade e sua auto-estima através do empreendedorismo baseado em crochê.
Same Sky is just one program like that in which gancho plays a role in improving entire societies through entrepreneurial opportunities. Another example that I looked at previously on this blog was Escama Studio, which helps out impoverished women in Brazil. Do you know of any other crochet-based fair trade programs such as these?