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THE THERAPEUTIC ART OF CROCHETING: EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH WAFUMI STRINGS ASSOCIATION

In the heart of Embakasi Central Komarock lies a beacon of community empowerment: Wafumi Strings Association. Founded by Angela Nduku, a visionary entrepreneur with a passion for crocheting, the association has been operational since 2022, serving as a testament to Angela’s dedication to making a difference in her community.

Before establishing Wafumi Strings, Angela successfully managed her own crochet business, Crochet Fashion House. However, driven by a desire to create a broader impact, she formed the Wafumi Strings Association, inviting other crochet experts to join her cause and registering the association with the Micro and Small Enterprises Authority. Today, Wafumi Strings boasts 35 women members, including youth, nursing mothers, and stay-at-home moms.

Angela Nduku and her team showcasing their ready to sell products.

Specializing in value-added yarn products, Wafumi Strings crafts a diverse range of handcrafted items, including custom-made sweaters, scarves, kimonos, blankets, beanies, baby wear, ponchos, bags, throw blankets, dresses, headbands, beachwear, earrings, and house décor items. With prices ranging from Kshs. 250 to Kshs. 50,000, and their client base spans both local and international customers. The association markets its products through Instagram and Facebook under the handle @WafumiStrings.

Custom-made sweaters, scarves, kimonos, blankets, beanies, baby wear, ponchos, and bags, throw blankets, dresses, headbands, beachwear, earrings, and house décor items.

For Angela and her team, crocheting is more than just a business; it’s a passion and a therapeutic hobby. Many members hone their skills by watching YouTube tutorials, finding the process to be a significant stress reliever.

A Brief History of Crocheting

Crocheting, a craft with centuries-old roots, involves creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn with a crochet hook. Although its exact origins are unclear, crocheting gained popularity in Europe during the 19th century as a way to create affordable imitations of costly lace.

In Kenya and around the world, crocheting holds deep cultural significance. Traditionally, mothers crocheted as a pastime practical items like sweaters, beanies, and socks for their babies, symbolizing love and care.

Crocheting as a Lucrative Business

In recent years, crocheting has experienced a revival as a lucrative business, thanks to factors like the rise of e-commerce and a growing appreciation for handcrafted, sustainable products. Entrepreneurs like Angela Nduku have seized this opportunity, transforming a traditional craft into a modern enterprise that supports and empowers women.

The therapeutic benefits of crocheting also contribute to its popularity, offering a calming and stress-relieving activity. As people increasingly prioritize mental well-being, crocheting continues to attract followers seeking a sense of peace and fulfillment.

Empowering the Community through Training and Craftsmanship

Wafumi Strings Association not only sells handcrafted items but also offers training for those interested in learning the craft. This training provides women and youth with valuable skills that can lead to economic independence. Whether you’re looking to purchase a unique handmade item or learn how to crochet, Wafumi Strings is here to empower and inspire, you can contact Wafumi Strings at 0724710820 or 0712407488.

Crocheting is more than just a hobby; it’s a way of life that brings joy, therapy, and empowerment. As Angela Nduku and the Wafumi Strings Association show, it’s a craft that can transform lives and communities.

“Crocheting keeps the hands busy and the mind calm.” – Anonymous

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