About the Maker: Founded in 1998 in Njoro, Kenya; Kenana Knitters was set up to help rural women find some much needed form of income using their spinning and knitting skills. Kenana Knitters was founded on the premise of “changing lives stitch by stitch.” The primary purpose of Kenana is to support women in the local community, by directly providing them with a source of income, thus enabling them to improve the quality of their own lives as well as those of their extended families.
Kenana Knitters is dedicated to supporting the local community by empowering over 500 rural Kenyan women to knit a brighter future for themselves and their families. Currently, Kenana supports over 300 knitters as well as over 200 spinners who hand spin the wool into yarn using recycled bicycle wheels made into spinning wheels. Knitting is ideal within the local community as it requires minimal equipment and can be done in snatches of times within the context of their daily lives.
Each distinctive design is a hand-crafted Kenyan creation and bears the signature of the woman who made it. They are committed to paying fair wages and to creating high quality, organic products which are environmentally friendly. We use both AZO free dyes and natural plant dyes from plants grown in the area which add vibrant and colorful depth to designs.