Women helping women by teaching and helping set up micro-businesses in Haiti.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Here is a Fanm pou Fanm - Haiti Crochet Project update:
A couple of weeks ago, I was contacted by a dog training franchise owner (she has 11 stores currently), who has a heart for Haiti. She told me that she had been looking for some doggie toys that are crochet. I worked on some samples, including frisbees and also a doggie-poop-bag-dispenser.
We just got the contract from the dog training franchise with our first commercial order! I ordered $450 worth of Red Heart yarn yesterday. My husband is leaving for Haiti on May 17th so that the ladies can get started on crocheting the frisbees and dispensers. They have to be crochet in Red Heart Super Saver yarn - carrot (#0256) and light periwinkle (#0347) to match the franchise’s color scheme, just in case any of you ladies have these colors in your unused stash.
I had made up some samples and the owner of the franchise had been trying them out. Well, they fly great because they are crocheted in worsted weight acrylic and in single crochet at a tight gauge. The dogs have gone bonkers over the frisbees and the cool part is that if the frisbee hits them in the face, the frisbees are soft!
The franchise owner emailed me a photo of one of the frisbees being worn by the dog after she had finished playing with it. I figured that you would get a kick out of this photo. The dog’s name is Calypso.
I thought that this was too cute not to share with you!
Here is a photo of the doggie-poop-bag-dispenser:
Also, I have finalized a pattern that I will write up as well. I will teach this pattern to the ladies when I leave for Haiti on June 19th. Based on what I was told by people who have bought market bags from us, they like handles that they can wear over their shoulders and they want to have two straps so that there is easy access to the inside of the bag. Also, acrylic is cheaper for us to purchase. Donations have been a bit slower this time around, simply because people cleared out their cotton stashes to send us their extra. This bag’s name is Haiti Summer Fun Bag, it works great in Red Heart Super Saver yarn.
Please, if you have any access stash, my husband leaves on May 17th to take supplies to Haiti and I leave for a month on June 19th.
Fanm pou Fanm 6711 Denny Ave N Hollywood, CA 91606
ALSO --- I really would love to have volunteers coming in June/July! Please let me know if you would like to work with our ladies, teaching crochet. Don’t worry about the language barrier! Sitting next to somebody and showing them how to crochet, step-by-step, is a language in itself. If you speak Crochet, it is an international language!