February 23, 2016: Kohl Crecelius will discuss Krochet Kids’ impact on sustainable employment and
empowerment when he presents the Mackin-Mailander Featured Lecture at 1 p.m.
Sunday, March 13, in Jansen Music Hall on the Clarke University campus.
General admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased online
at clarke.edu/artsatclarke/kohlcrecelius, or by phone at (563)588-6377.
Crecelius is the CEO of Krochet Kids, Intl., a non-profit
company that sells hats and other goods in Peru and Uganda. His mission has
always been to create business while also doing good in the world.
Based out of
California, KKi employs more than 100 people in northern Uganda through the
production of their handmade headwear and fashion accessories and have recently
started a new program in Peru. Now spanning three continents, their work
connects the producer with the customer through a hand-signed label that
accompanies every product.
brother taught him how to crochet in high school, and soon, he began teaching
his friends to make hats. Dubbed the "Krochet Kids" by their local
newspaper in Spokane, Wash., he and two friends began selling hats in their
hometown for a little spending money.
Inspired by one
friend’s summer trip to Uganda during college, the trio decided to teach the
simple skill of crocheting to displaced Ugandan
women. Crecelius and friends envisioned that the women could sell hats they
made to provide for themselves, releasing them from the bondage of government
camps and history of rebel rule in their country. Today, through this simple
skill, the women can provide for their families, and ultimately, through
micro-financing opportunities enabled by KKi, they can gain economic
KKi’s mission is to
provide quality, handmade products that not only bring comfort and style, but
serve as a vehicle for social change. Believing actions rooted in love produce
powerful and lasting change, they strive to help people improve their lives
physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Their slogan of, "Buy a hat.
Change a Life," embodies the difference we can all make through a simple
Clarke University is a Catholic,
liberal arts and sciences university dedicated to preparing students who
positively impact their workplace, family and community.
Reserve your tickets!