Want to give your loved ones gifts that have a long-lasting impact? Choose some of the lovely knitted scarves, hats, fingerless gloves, warm headbands, and more at Village Knits from Albania! Village Knits is a collective of women in a small village who are struggling financially, and the proceeds from the sales of these items help them purchase necessities like cooking oil, medicine, and other things they need for their families and homes. Missionaries Nathan and Cydil Waggoner are partnering with the ladies in this project.
From the Village Knits store:
“Economic opportunities for women in rural communities are difficult to come by. Where we serve in Albania, limited education and resources, not to mention the expense and difficulty of commuting and responsibilities for family care all represent barriers for women to contribute financially to their families. Our attempt has been to develop skills (or take advantage of existing skills) to empower women create commodities which can be sold and thereby help their families economically. We bring in much of the goods used in the products they create (yarns, jewelry components, paper goods, etc.) and the price of the inputs is deducted from their profits.”
If you’d like a little piece of handiwork from Albania, pay the shop a visit and drop Cydil an e-mail. She can answer any questions you might have about payment and shipping. Right now, a shipment to the United States is scheduled for December 16, so act fast!
While you’re browsing the merchandise, take a gander at the Meet the Knitters page to see the names and faces of the ladies who are benefiting from Village Knits. From Cydil: “Last year [the knitters] rolled out a bunch of goodies for the winter season and many friends in the States responded very well, purchasing dozens of scarves and headbands for a chilly winter in America. I was tickled to surprise them with their payment envelopes at Christmas time. THAT was fun. Giggles, tears, stunned silence.”