See A Need… Fill A Need


Teaching Crochet using the Internet  in India

A couple gives back to others to teach a life skill.

 

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
http://www.ponycraftstore.com/

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”
http://www.facebook.com/tabitha.crafts.7

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About Mikey, The Crochet Crowd

I am Mikey, owner of The Crochet Crowd Blog. I'm a 'hooker' at heart with the passion to crochet. I am from Ontario Canada and teach how to crochet online through YouTube Video Tutorials. From a simple idea and being at the right place and time in my life back in 2008, the concept of The Crochet Crowd was developed. I'm here to hook and share. Come follow my crochet journey and share yours with comments here and you are most welcome to share your creativity within our Facebook page.
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3 Responses to See A Need… Fill A Need

  1. Amy says:

    Thats an amazing testimony to the power of kindness, friendship and love. Thx so much for sharing this, its very inspiring 🙂

  2. Yvonne Durham says:

    There are so many needs in the world. God has a purpose for each of us. I hope I can comfort as many people as possible. I’m getting older faster than I can do everything I want to do, but I’m crocheting caps for Shoeboxes for children. Mikey, thank you for caring and sharing!!!!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this story. It inspires me and encourages me to know that crochet is allowing people to learn a new skill, and in learning that new skill that they are able to have a “new lease on life” so to speak; that they are able to possibly see their way out of a “stuck” situation. God Bless Tabitha Crafts and the Crochet Crowd!

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