Knitting Kits to Change the World

 

With the KidKnits craft kit and curriculum, everything you need to plan a fun, easy, and empowering craft is at your fingertips. ¬†While your girl scouts are learning to knit a beautiful hat, they are also changing the lives of women in the developing country of Rwanda or Chile. ¬†With a short video or slide show, your girls can also learn powerful lessons about world poverty, the dignity of work, and how you’re never too young to change a life on the other side of the world!

By importing and packaging fair trade craft components from around the world, including hand-spun, hand-dyed natural wool, into simple craft kits, we bring you an opportunity to supplement your creativity with the chance to change a life on the other side of the world.

Top 5+1 Reasons for your Girl Scout Troop to do KidKnits

  1. KidKnits was founded by nine-year old Ellie, who learned to knit hats in her own girl scout troop.
  2. KidKnits is an easy way to change lives on the other side of the world in Rwanda, Chile, Mexico, and Kenya.
  3. KidKnits hats can also impact your own local community when finished hats are donated to shelters, hospitals, or other local organizations.
  4. Use selected pieces of the KidKnits curriculum to learn about life in Rwanda or in Chile!
  5. KidKnits is a fun and easy craft kit, appropriate for girls from age 8 and older.

1 KidKnits was recently named a Patch of the Month by Girl Scouts of Central Illinois.

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The KidKnits Curriculum

The KidKnits curriculum contains many fun and educational activities to help your girls learn more about world poverty or culture. Explore our read-aloud play, grocery shopping on a budget, or learn about how the yarn is made.

View the Curriculum Online

 

Now available in the KidKnits online store, all of the curriculum content available online is now packaged into a single workbook. It’s never been easier to bring KidKnits to your Girl Scout Troop!

Purchase a Workbook

Shop for Kits and Yarn in our Online Store

browse our selection of hand-spun yarn from Chile or Rwanda

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Your Kit Will Include

  • One ball of hand-spun yarn from either Chile or Rwanda, enough to knit one hat and help lift a woman and her family out of poverty.
  • One sustainable, eco-friendly cotton carrying bag for all your knitting supplies, hand-sewn in Chile, Rwanda, or Liberia
  • One personalized gift tag which shares information about the woman that has spun your yarn.
  • One KidKnits logo tag, made in Nairobi, Kenya from recycled aluminum cans.
  • One 9 1/2″ round loom.
  • One knitting hook and needle.
  • Instructions needed to complete your KidKnits hat
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Social Business, the KidKnits way

KidKnits is unlike many social business models where a percentage of profit is donated back to a cause in a developing country. With the KidKnits model, the benefit in developing countries is not at the end, but rather the beginning of our operation. When we purchase inventory from our partners in Rwanda, Kenya, Liberia, and Chile, our partners are able to provide local artisans a fair price for their work. Therefore, their ability to support their family comes not after our bookkeeping is complete, but rather, before you even place your order. In addition, the artisans receive the dignity which comes through their quality work, rather than just receiving a handout. However, it is only through future demand that we can continue to increase our purchases from our partners and expand the global impact of KidKnits.