Crochet Teaches More Than Just Stitches
Suji, Sophia’s husband tells her story
My wife, Sophia, left the Airline Industry a few years back. She was shift supervisor with a ground handling company and she also worked as a load controller ( weight & balance of aircraft ) at Cochin International Airport. When we had a child, we shifted to the heart of the city to an apartment.
Directly behind my office we found that there were many poor families in colonies around us. We tried to help people with money, as much as possible but my fixed income would not allow for it beyond a certain point. So we thought of teaching these women some skills to earn a living.
During the same time Sophia came across the free Curtzy Crochet 24 parts video series by Mikey and started learning it using an iPod gifted to me by my company. The ipod enabled her to learn more about crochet from the Internet while nursing the baby. We talked with some of the women and found that they suffered from these issues.
They lacked finance to invest in yarns.
They lacked the skills required to produce crochet products and there was no one to teach them for free.
They lacked the Internet skills to purchase variety yarn from websites.
They lacked the necessary marketing skills to sell the finished products.
We both then came together with this plan:
Teach women the skills.
Provide yarn, hooks, accessories & patterns freely.
Market & sell the finished goods using social media like face book and and in other local fares.
Take back the cost of yarn & hooks from the selling price and give the profit completely to the crocheter.
Provide more yarns for others from the money taken back from the selling price.
Encourage those who have learned to teach others by following the “each one teach two” method.
This will help the women:
To learn the skills without any cost.
To get yarn without any cost.
To sell products without any marketing expertise
Since we give the yarn freely initially we will take back its cost from the selling price of the finished goods to buy more yarn for others to use.
This will enable us to provide free yarns for other women who are not able to afford it. Initially we started with 2 women now there are 3 groups that Sophia is teaching
Group 1 – Consists of 4 women two of them are neighbors and 2 from a local church.
Group 2 – Consists of 10 girls/women from a colony ( notorious for crime ) near our apartment. Sophia has made friends with the girls there and they have expressed their desire to go away from the colony to better place.
“We don’t know what to do about it but we keep praying that God will show us a way.”
Group 3 consists of 16 girls in a orphanage where they shelter girls rescued from professional beggars and those under went sexual abuse. The orphanage is run by nuns and they say these girls can be cranky sometimes and think crochet would relax their mind and give concentration. We have invitations now from others, especially from an organization working with prisoners.
Some of the women learning with Sophia are willing to visit prison to teach inmates. But we are not taking these opportunities now because Sophi is the only one running around and with the baby it is tough on her at times. Once others learn we hope to send them as teachers to the new arena’s. Initially when we started only yarn from Anchor were available in our city. But even then they did not have good yarns in India.
Anchor in UK had some good yarns but we could not afford it. Two months down the line Pony Crafts store opened and online store
Our purchase is now almost exclusively from them. They have also promised to consider giving us materials on discount or whole sale rates in future. Today from Mikey’s website.
We also started a facebook page for our endeavor named “Tabitha Crafts”