3. Krochet Kids International
Three childhood friends started the non-profit company Krochet Kids International after one visited Uganda to volunteer at an orphanage during and experienced the state of poverty in the area. Their mission became clear: to teach impoverished women how to crochet, cut, sew, and produce handmade goods, including headwear, apparel, bags, and other accessories. Now employing nearly 200 women in Uganda and Peru, Krochet Kids not only helps them to master a craft, but also educates and empowers them to enter into their local economy with the skills and knowledge required to sustain their independence and end the cycle of poverty.