"Together We are Knitting a Brighter Future..."
Kenana Knitters is a project set up in the early 1980's by a local Kenyan, Patricia Nightingale to bring about a positive social impact in Kenya.
Rural Kenya is still largely a male dominated society, Kenana Knitters empowers, educates, supports and offers opportunities to women. Working to bring in a living and also looking after their home and children is a huge challenge so by providing some basic equipment like knitting needles a lot can be achieved in their own home whilst looking after their children and home.
Kenana Knitters contributes to the overall welfare and advancement of the women involved in the project. Through sales of the knitted products the following services and clinics are set up and the Kenana Knitters and Spinners and their families can attend at not cost.
- Family Planning
- HIV/AIDS testing, counselling and treatment
- Homeopathic healthcare and prevention
- Womens Health clinic
- Emergency Medical Assistance
- Basic IT training and computer skills
- Adult Literacy classes
- Financial Management Tools
- Access to daily newspapers and on-site radio
- Electrical power outlets enabling ladies to re-charge phones, lights, flashlights etc.
Kenana Knitters believes that women are the heartbeat of their communities. Priding themselves on operating within cultural context of the daily demands of rural Kenyan women, including farming and tending to their children. Knitting is ideal, as it requires minimal equipment and can be done in small amounts of time. Knitting can even be done on long walks that are required in rural areas and in the dark, since most of the women live without electricity.
"Because of Kenana I've educated my children. They've gone to school. I've also done some development at home, I do farming and my health is better now because I'm able to get HIV and other medication here. I enjoy being here."