Empower People
to Rise Above Poverty.

Poverty’s causes are multi-dimensional.
We believe our solutions should be, as well.
We take a holistic approach.

We view a person’s empowerment through 6 different lenses.


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Savings rate


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Nutrition score


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Self esteem



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Participation in family decisions


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Connectedness to
faith community

We measure empowerment across these categories.


Conducting mentor sessions
with our local staff


Assessing 45 indicators


For each woman, each month

And we track each woman’s progress toward these goals over time.

Click through to see 12 program participants' level of empowerment across each category.
Use the timeline to see how these scores changed over the course of the year.

Data represents empowerment scores by category for a sampling of 12 program participants from January 2013 through December 2013. Participant names have been changed to protect their privacy.

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Economic axis
Intelligence axis
Physical axis
Psychological axis

The result is ...


Real-time data


Services and support catered
to each individual


Real progress in
the real world



Economic Empowerment

Abducted by the Lord’s Resistance Army when she was 9 years old, Christine was forced to marry one of the rebels and spent 8 years in captivity. After returning, Christine was completely dependent on handouts from humanitarian organizations, which were not enough to help her realize her dream of self-reliance.

At Krochet Kids Uganda, Christine is now taking advantage of every opportunity to create a better future. Using the financial training she received, Christine saved enough money to purchase a motorcycle. It was a challenging goal, but one that yields great rewards. The motorcycle, which she rents out as a taxi service, doubles her income and allows her to save even more. She plans on purchasing more income-generating assets like her motorcycle in the future.

Our theory of empowerment believes that in order for women to start businesses, they first need access to capital. Christine’s story is a great example of the relationship between savings and the ability to generate income.

Net Worth (Currency-Neutral)

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*Net worth figures are currency-neutral to protect the privacy of individuals.

Supplemental Income (Currency-Neutral)

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*Income figures are currency-neutral to protect the privacy of individuals.

Self Esteem Score

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*Self esteem score is derived from self-assessments in which "1" means extremely vulnerable and "10" means extremely well.



Physical Empowerment

After prematurely giving birth, the majority of Jenifer's income went toward health care expenses for herself and her child. Her doctors said her family needed to eat a nutritious diet, but there was no money to do so after paying for treatment.

With income training and mentorship, Jenifer is helping to turn the page on that chapter of life. She now eats her doctor-recommended three meals per day, and her mentors are helping add more nutrients into her family’s diet by coaching her on the best foods to include in meals — foods that she can now afford. Jenifer's family is sick less often than before and is now able to spend less money on health care and more on changing her life.

Jenifer’s story exhibits how women who participate in KKi programs are able to improve their health and lower their care-related expenses over time.

Nutrition Score

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*Nutrition score is derived from the number of food groups consumed in the week prior to data collection.

Average Meals Per day

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Health Expenses (Currency-Neutral)

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*Health care expenses are currency-neutral to protect the privacy of individuals.



Psychological Empowerment

Although we trust that all women in our program will discover their potential, Jacqui has far surpassed our expectations. Before becoming part of the Krochet Kids Peru family, she was earning far below the national minimum wage. Jacqui has since progressed from knowing nothing about knitting when she entered the program to rising as a leader within the group and one of the best at what she does.

Jacqui’s income tripled when she joined Krochet Kids Peru, enabling her to cover her and her daughter's basic needs and beyond. Today, she’s setting life goals that she never had the confidence to dream possible before. Jacqui is convinced she can accomplish her goals, and her bank account shows it. She's about 1/5 of the way to her goal of purchasing property—a goal that was a distant dream before joining the program.

As a result of the opportunity she’s working toward to live a better life, Jacqui is experiencing a surge in self-esteem. She is enjoying a higher level of well-being in all aspects in her life. While acknowledging that she still has some limitations, she now knows she has big potential.

Self Esteem Scores

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*Self esteem score is derived from self-assessments in which "1" means extremely vulnerable and "10" means extremely well.

Net Worth (Currency-Neutral)

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*Net worth figures are currency-neutral to protect the privacy of individuals.




We believe relying on local knowledge and expertise is the best way to transform communities. Our mission is accomplished when Ugandans are able to help other Ugandans, and we’ve been fortunate to build a large team almost entirely made up of local experts.

In the early stages of our work, we connected with Idro Dominic to seek his advice on how best to empower people in Gulu. His vast experience working with international NGOs and the wisdom he provided prompted us to immediately ask for his involvement as an advisor. Dominic soon became an irreplaceable voice in major decisions, and we were fortunate to have him join our staff in 2009 as Program Director.

In 2013, we were extremely honored to promote Dominic to Country Director, where he now oversees all aspects of Krochet Kids Uganda. We are thankful to have such a gifted and wise individual leading our work in Uganda, as he embodies the heart and mission of Krochet Kids intl.




In order to further drive our beneficiaries’ impact, we focus intently on providing customers with a wide selection of high-quality items. Our Cut & Sew Program in Lima, Peru, enables us to do just that. This newer empowerment project has greatly helped us broaden our impact by expanding our product categories.

Because of our Cut & Sew Program, we were able to double our Peru program’s future reach and widen our product base to include items like our apparel collection and travel bags—all constructed onsite. Leveraging more types of construction methods enables us to employ

more women and make a greater impact in the communities we work with in Peru. Each product retains the story of the woman who made it, through a hand-signed tag that bears her name.

Take a tour of our Cut & Sew Initiative

We work hard to create high-quality and fashionable products. Our sales revenue funds the majority of our overall budget year-over-year, so that our donor support can remain focused on our key initiatives on the ground and on amplifying our impact.

In 2013, 100% of public donations
applied directly toward our program activities
and, ultimately, toward accomplishing
our mission of empowerment.

Our donors allow us to take the extra steps necessary to provide the highest level of care possible.

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Our mentors provided
hours of one-on-one

We saw our first graduate from Krochet Kids Uganda. Meet Beatrice

Donors helped us fund more than 80 trainings for program participants.

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(89%) was directed
to program activities.

We only spent 12% on overhead expenses.

Fundraising expenses made up just 1% of our overall expenses in 2013

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of our revenue was generated
by product sales.

Our retail sales grew by 36% in 2013.

We directed 100% of public donations to key program activities.

We pride ourselves on being good stewards
of our earnings and donors' contributions.
Take a deeper dive into our 2013 financial statement.

*Note: We made a major investment in our Cut & Sew
initiative in Peru to prepare for future growth in 2014.

Current Assets
Cash 444,641 251,695
Accounts Receivable 871,659 166,124
Inventory 266,278 548,667
Fixed Assets 14,461 7,881
TOTAL ASSETS 1,597,039 974,367
Current Liabilities
Accounts Payable 99,618 101,103
Line of Credit 240,000 0
Other Current Liabilities 53,962 40,974
Equity 1,203,459 832,290
TOTAL LIABILITIES & EQUITY 1,597,039 974,367
Product Sales 1,567,769 67% 1,832,595 86%
Donations 138,101 6% 128,091 6%
Grants 500,000 21% 0 0%
Direct Support 129,993 6% 172,796 8%
TOTAL INCOME 2,335,863 2,133,482
Uganda Program Operations 320,983 14% 358,279 14%
Peru Program Operations 311,465 13% 316,465 13%
Beneficiary Wages/Production 840,149 36% 632,028 25%
Product Distribution USA 627,693 27% 686,105 27%
*Capital Investment into Peru Cut & Sew Initiative 205,246 8%
TOTAL PROGRAM EXPENSE 2,100,290 89% 2,198,123 88%
Administration 240,689 10% 280,004 11%
Fundraising 18,700 1% 26,528 1%
TOTAL EXPENSE 2,359,679 2,504,655
Change in Net Assets (23,816) (371,173)
Net Assets at Beginning of Year 1,227,310 1,203,494
Net Assets at End of Year 1,203,494 832,321

Your financial partnership allows us to create the highest level of impact at our programs in Uganda and Peru, through impact wages, mentorship, and education. 100% of your tax-deductible donation will be used to further our empowerment efforts.

Partner with us today!