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Kohl Crecelius

CEO, Co-founder, Krochet Kids

By Elaine Murphy & Sarah VaughnPublished: May 01, 2012

In high school, Crecelius learned to crochet from his older brother. He taught his friends, and they started making a unique line of headwear that caught on at their school. Dubbed the “Krochet Kids” by a local newspaper, the friends were encouraged to extend their business to teach people in developing countries to crochet as a means of breaking the cycle of poverty. The company began its work in war-torn northern Uganda.
   
After earning its nonprofit status, Krochet Kids has empowered more than 150 people in Uganda and Peru to work, receive an education, and receive mentoring to create a brighter future.
   
“Our success is the success of the women we work with across the globe,” Crecelius says.
   
One of his proudest moments was the first time he learned about a program member who had saved enough money through her time crocheting with the company to start a convenience store. She was able to create a sustainable future.
   
Crecelius takes pride in enabling individuals and communities to fight poverty, showing the world that a smart business model can have a great impact.
   
“At first, I thought the world needed something more drastic than crochet,” he says. However, his perspective has changed. Now he hopes to help grow his business model to a global scale. krochetkids.org

First Job: His lawn mowing business



OC METRO's 2012 40 UNDER 40
Lily Knowles    Ashleigh Aitken    Jeremy Yamaguchi
Kevin Willson    Megan Lavender    Jason Lucash
Tan Rezaei & Navid Firoozi    Julie Schoenbachler
Chris Winn    Shawna Smith Gotreau    Matt Petteruto
Kelly Lewis    Justin Choi    Marissa Gerlach    Josh McCarter
Brian Davis    Patrick Strader    Quy "Q" Nguyen
Carla Vargas    Patrick Rue    Jennifer Tucker Klein
Brandon Burton    Lauren O’Gorman    Inna Kassatkina
Tom Reimers    Jackie Ferlita    Eric Bender
Dale Partridge & Aaron Chavez  ≈  Danny Sonenshine
Russell Bendel    Sandra Jones    Balaji Krishna
Saimah Chaudhry    Dan Nasitka    Laura Hess
Kohl Crecelius    Larry Labrado Jr.    Melissa Beck
Jeremy Linehan    Stephen Silver

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