Meet Ellie, a 14-year-old from Peoria, Illinois and founder of KidKnits! After meeting Rwandan genocide survivor and activist, Immaculee Ilibagiza, Ellie realized that she wanted to make sure everyone had the same opportunity to eat every day and go to school. She wondered if there was a way that her knitting hobby could help people in need which eventually led to the launch of KidKnits.
By selling knitting craft kits with contents sourced from impoverished communities, Ellie is dedicated to helping women earn a living wage, eat, send their kids to school, and start saving their new earnings. Each KidKnits crafting kit comes complete with a round loom, 70 yards of Rwandan or Chilean yarn, and kid-friendly instructions on how to make your own round loom hat.
Beyond the economic benefits Ellie and KidKnits are bringing to women around the world, KidKnits has also developed a curriculum that helps kids to understand the importance of their crafting kit.
You can check out more about KidKnits here, and find out how you can get your hands on your very own crafting kit, or get involved with this great organization!