Monday, May 10, 2010

crafting for change

crafting a green world points us to

cambodia knits

from Becky Striepe at crafting a green world..........

Monika Nowaczyk’s family fled communist Poland when she was 6 years old. They relocated to Canada, and it was on this journey that she picked up knitting and crochet. Maybe this formative event is what opened her heart to the plights of Cambodians evicted from their homes and relocated to areas far from the city centers, where it was hard to make a living.

Years later, Monika read about a group in Bangladesh that was supporting over 2000 families through knitted goods, and something sparked:

Stitch by stitch. That is what appeals to me most about knitting. It is a slow and laborious process, sometimes monotonous, always meditative, that results in an end product completely unlike what one starts with: two sticks and some yarn. Now, stitch by stitch I hope that I can help people in Cambodia improve their situations through fair, flexible and rewarding employment.

In the summer of 2009, Monika launched Cambodia Knits, which she’s financing with her own savings and money from family and friends..................

pics from the cambodia knits website

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