Kenana Knitters

Southern Rift Valley

What began as a hobby for three ladies knitting under a tree now employs more than 1200 local people and exports all over the world. The knitters use plant and flower dyes – including beetroot and dahlia – and sustainable wool and cotton in their cute, quirky designs. You can tour the innovative natural workshop, hear the story of how this became one of the most impressive nonprofit initiatives in the region, and make a stop in the lovely shop.

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