Akweyo Irene

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When Akweyo Irene was young her parents divorced and her mother left Irene and the other four children with their father, who wasn’t mentally stable. Although she was not directly affected by the war, her family struggled greatly to afford school and were often unable to meet their own basic needs. Working at KK Uganda has provided Irene with a steady source of income and she has been able to support her extended family. Irene hopes to sponsor her niece through school and to also provide her own child with a proper education.

“My future dream is to educate my child up to the university level. I also hope to take over the family fish selling business after the program since my mother is now old.”

“The most beautiful thing about northern Uganda is the people. They are so welcoming, they do not segregate and that’s the reason I have stayed in Gulu district for long.”

“I would like to thank the founders of KK intl. for uplifting me from the poverty stricken life and I pray to God to bless all the initiators of the crocheting project.”

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Previous Thank Yous

Victoria Ruble

August 16, 2016

Thank you for your hard work and inspiration to us all!

Jan Ferrer

February 3, 2016

Hello Akweyo,

I received your beautiful grey hat as a gift from my coworker. Your work is beautiful, as are your smile and life story. I am so grateful to you and am inspired by your dreams to provide your family members with an education (I am an English teacher in California and my dream is to give a quality education to each of my students).

With appreciation,

Jill Daniel

January 26, 2016

Hello Akweyo,
It is amazing that a small hand signed tag inside a hat can connect two people across the world! Thank you so much for making such a beautiful hat - the crochet work is what I first noticed about the hat, and to find that it was handmade was such a pleasant surprise. You do very lovely work and I wear my hat with pride knowing you created each stitch.

My sister can crochet, but I cannot, and I have always been amazed by the art of crocheting.

I am looking forward to looking at the other products you've made and purchase more.
Much love to you and your family,


Jennifer Hilger

January 11, 2016

Dear Akweyo Irene,
Thank you so much for creating the beautiful hat. I absolutely love wearing it! It has kept me warm during the cold months, and it is so beautifully stitched.
Thanks again, and may God bless you and your family!

Robbie Gomez

November 30, 2015

The hat you made is amazing. and knowing that it came from a real person with a real story gives me pride to wear it. Good luck and thank you so much!

Easton Huley

November 8, 2015

I thank you for your compassionate and caring stitches. My hat is lovely and warm and very comfortable. I wear it with honour.
Thanks again, love from Canada!!

Nakushukuru kwa yako stitches huruma na kujali. Kofia yangu ni nzuri na joto na starehe sana . Mimi kuvaa ni kwa heshima.
Asante tena , upendo kutoka Canada !!


July 15, 2015

Thank you for making such a beautiful hat, my baby Ruby loves the nice purple colour and it keeps her nice and warm now it is winter here in Australia.
I think I will have to get me and my husband one now as you have done such a great job.
Thank you Akweyo


January 10, 2015


Thank you for the time and effort you put into making my new scarf. It is quite lovely and very warm. You did a great job.

Thanks again,

Becca Catoe

December 29, 2014

Hi Akweyo!

I just purchased on of your hats and I LOVE it! It is so soft and warm and I can tell it was made with a lot of love! I will be praying for you and your family! Thank you! God bless!

Cortney Robinson

November 11, 2014

Thank You so much for your wonderful art work. I wear my hat daily and love it. I pray for you and your family. Best wishes for the future. God be with you.
Cortney Robinson

Lisa Callicott

May 14, 2014

Thank you so much for the beautiful sunglass holder! I love my "sunny"!
I am so thankful for Krochet Kids and what they are doing for women! And I am thankful to you for the beautiful handiwork of my sunny. I pray that you will feel the love from way over in Virginia, USA.
Much love and respect,


December 31, 2013

Dear Irene,
For Christmas this year, I received the "blue owl beanie" you made. I absolutely love it! It has kept me very warm this past December, and is so cute! I get compliments where ever I go!

Sophia, age 10

Tiffany Mitchell

December 26, 2013

Hello Irene! Thank you for my beautiful cream beanie! It is so beautiful and comfy. You really do fantastic work! I received it as a gift and was so excited when I found out about this company and that you have hand signed it. It really makes it special. Thank you again!

holly crosthwaitr

December 24, 2013

Thank you so much for the beautiful hat that I received from my sister as a gift. I hope your dreams come true and your daughter goes to the university and you are able to take over your families business. This was my favorite gift I received and I am so thankful it was made by you and not a big company. My God bless you and your family :)

Alyssa Avallon

December 15, 2013

Dear Irene,
I have one of the hats that you made and I want to say thank you!! It is a beautiful grey color and it is so warm. It is so nice to know that it is homemade. You seem like a wonderful person and a very hard worker. I am sure that you will achieve all of the dreams you hope for!

Ilsa Wynne-Hoelscher

July 5, 2013

Dear Irene,
I cannot tell you how surprised and happy I was when I just recently discovered your name on my most favourite beanie's inside tag! It is such a heartwarming feeling to know that such care and warmth went into making this hat that keeps me warm (now inside and out). I live in Australia and teach school kids. I send you light and love, and hope all your dreams come true for you, your family, and your community. You are very lovely and thanks for such a wonderful hat!
Take care, Ilsa :)


May 12, 2013

Dear Irene,
Just today I received one of your beautiful headbands for a gift from my daughter. Thank you for your careful work. I love my gift and will wear it with pride because I know that you made it.
God bless you, and bless your work and your dreams for your family!

Pamela Daggett

December 31, 2012

Thank you so much for making the lovely little bag I received as a Christmas gift. Your work is beautiful! I wish you and your family the best in the New Year.

Nathaniel Kuhlke

December 24, 2012

Thank you so much for the beanie! It is extremely well made and knowing who made it makes it even more of a blessing to wear. I have been to Kampala, Uganda back in 2007 and I must say you live in a beautiful country. I know many struggle where you live, but I'm glad you are able to help those around you now. Your dream for the future is rare and special. May God bless you in all your endeavors that you set your hand to do.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. -Jeremiah 29:11-12

Tisha Castillo

December 24, 2012

Hi Irene:
Thank you for knitting such a beautiful hat...I wish you many blessing for you and your family.

Mariska Molnar

November 8, 2012

Hi Irene!
My name is Mariska and im 16 years old. i live in Corydon Indiana and it gets cold! the hat you made keeps my nice and comfy!! Thanks so much for making this its the only hat ill wear at all!

Sonia Laforest

November 6, 2012

Hello Irene!!
My name is Sonia and I'm 38 years old. I ive in Montreal in Quebec, Canada. My country is very cold during winter and your Betty Hat will keep me warm. It's my favorite hat...very cute. Thank you so much and I wish you the best!

Elizabeth Hofeld

October 31, 2012

Hi Irene!

I'm Elza, 21 years old in Southern California, and I LOVE my beanie! It's super cozy and looks so cute :) Thank you so much!

Mia blank

June 12, 2012

Thank you so much. You are very talented, and I cannot thank you enough. I wish you great success. You are very inspiring, and my headband is beautiful.
Thank you Akweyo!
Love, Mia

Danielle Ridgway

February 23, 2012

Thank you so much for crocheting the hat you made. I really love how soft it is and the color is beautiful. I can't wait to show it off to my friends here in Ohio. Again, thank you!

Allison braun

January 16, 2012

Dear Akweyo Irene ,
We have been sharing your hat and wearing it everyday in the frigid Buffalo, New York weather. We are so happy to show off your beautiful work while we keep warm. Love and peace. Always, court and al

Maddie Sullivan

January 10, 2012

Dear Akweyo Irene,

Thank you so much for the beautiful crochet hat! It was the most wonderful gift I could have received this Christmas and I thank you so much for that. I get so many compliments on it when I wear it around my University campus and I tell people that Akweyo Irene graciously made it for me.
Your story is truly inspiring and I support your dream for your niece and your own children. I wear my hat proudly and share your story of hope and triumph to everyone I know.
Thank you again


January 2, 2012

I am so happy with my new hat. Your work is beautiful and I wanted to say thank you! Many blessings to you and your family.


Jeremy Cecil

December 25, 2011

Akweyo Irene,
My sister-in-law got me one of your beautiful hats as a Christmas gift. It is perfectly lovely. Your story is very inspirational, thank you for sharing it with the world. May God bless you and your family.
Jeremy Cecil - Clarksville, Tennessee USA

Kieu Nguyen

December 5, 2011

My name is kieu, I live in slo, California....I just got a cream hat...thank you for such a wonderful product.

Danielle Roche

December 4, 2011

irene i love your hat! With Great love and persistence comes great power!!!

Nancy Rust

November 30, 2011

Hey Irene,
I live in Tennessee and ordered this beautiful hat for my brother-in-law for christmas. It came in the mail today and is just lovely. Thank you so much and God bless.


November 9, 2011

Hello Irene!

My name is Julie and I live in California. I just bought the hat today and I absolutely love it! It's wonderful, thank you :-)


S Zou

October 23, 2011

thanks for the hat! it's soooo great

Samantha Pearson

October 23, 2011

Hi Irene! My name is Sam, and I got my yellow hat about a 2 weeks ago. I love it so much! I wear it everywhere, and all of my friends are super jealous. It looks really cute, and it is just perfect! Thank you so much! ~All the best to you family.

noah cousino

October 21, 2011

Dear Irene,

I am a sixth grade student who lives in Dallas Texas. For one of my research papers we had to chose a hero, I chose Krochet Kids, and I just got your hats. I can tell you are very gifted at crocheting and love your child. You have the most beautiful smile, it makes me want to smile! I wish you the best future. God bless you. :)
Love, Noah Cousino
P.S if you want to see my report you can go onto myhero.com

Nicole Kavanaugh

October 21, 2011

Irene, Hello from Canada! Thanks a bunch for the gorgeous hat, I truly love it, I hope for all the best for you and your family, I hope your achieve your dreams. Many thanks, sending you lots of love and peace.

Ryan Ashburn

October 12, 2011

Thank you so much. I really love my beanie. You did an awesome job.

Rianne McCulloch

October 8, 2011

Thank you!!! I absolutely love my hat!! You did an amazing job making this!! I hope you have a blessed life and get the help that you deserve!! It is a truely beautiful hat that you made!! Thank you times infinity!

Cailey Daniels

October 4, 2011

Irene, I just got my hat today and I already love it! Thank you so much for my beluga betty. I wish you all the best with your family and hope that all your dreams and aspirations come true!

Alex Herr

October 1, 2011

Hey! My name is Alex. I just received my hat and I love it. Thank you so much for making it. Just the fact that you made it makes it even more special. My thanks and prayers go out to you and your family.


September 27, 2011

Irene,.... thank you, thank you, thank you! Love my beanie!


September 27, 2011

Thank you so much for the beautiful hat you made me! It is my favorite new accessory to wear all winter long! I appreciate it so much and I hope that good fortune comes to you for the rest of your years =)

KK Lowengart

September 23, 2011

Hey there, sweetheart(: my name is KK, and I love
The hat you made me(: I hope all your dreams and
goals are achieved, love(:

Lyndsay Robbins

September 21, 2011

Irene, My name is Lyndsay and I love love love my hat! Thank you so much! You have a beautiful smile and I hope it never fades. Good luck to you and your family. Send my love to the rest of the ladies as well. :) Love, Lyndsay

Ross Whitehead

September 20, 2011

oh my goodnes, when i saw your smiling beautiful face i could no help but smile back! i love my hat and the awesome connection that you and i share is one that i will always remember <3

Amanda Vaughan

September 19, 2011

Akweyo Irene,
My name is Amanda and I live in New Mexico. I just received your hat today and it is beautiful. I would like to thank you for everything you have done...you have accomplished so much it is inspiring to me. I know that your hard work will pay off for your children. I wish you all the success in life....and remember no matter what life brings to you with a positive outlook you can accomplish anything. I wish you and your family all the happiness in the world. I hope to be buying more products soon. Love, Amanda

Kevin Weiner

September 14, 2011

Hi Irene...my name is Kevin and I am from Los Angeles. My friend bought me the hat you made and I love it. It is so great to know it was made by somebody with such a positive outlook and inspiring story. I wish you the best of luck and hope to buy another one of your hats in the future!

Chad Moritz

August 20, 2011

Irene, Thank you so much for the wonderful hat!!! I cannot wait to wear it and tell everyone about the wonderful person that made it. I wish you the very best in your life and hope all your goals come true. thanks again.

Rayna Mendoza

April 25, 2011

Hi Akweyo irene!i am rayna i am 12 years old from corona californa i love the hat u made me it is so nice u have talent and i hope god bless you with more things . now i am going to go to school and tell all me friends about how u and ur friends make hats and they r cute and by buying the hat we can help u and ur family.
To:Akewyo irene
From:Rayna your always going to be in my heart good luck with everthing!! :D

Gabrielle Han

February 8, 2011

Hi Irene! I think I bought your cap today, it was the yellow betty, it was spelled Akweyo Irin though but pretty sure it's you :) Thank you so much for this lovely beanie, it's beautiful and for me I feel its so symbolic of your loveliness, determination, and hard work. Thank you for inspiring me with your story, I hope to grow into a strong woman like you with such wonderful and admirable ambitions. I love your smile by the way & I wish you the best in everything you do as well as much happiness and love and health, warm hugs. :)

Rebecca Shipman

January 27, 2011

Hi, Irene! My name is Rebecca and I live near Miami Florida. I love the hat you made and am touched by your story. My hat is very pretty. You are amazingly talented. You have shown me that even in a tough situation, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. I hope you are doing well and wish you the best. <3

Jake Stephens

January 10, 2011

Hi Irene,
My name is Jake and I want to thank you for the "beanie". In my youth that was the name given to the knit cap you made. For me, this is very symbolic in that it has a story. The knit cap is a symbol for healing and your spirituality has transcended through this act of kindness. I am glad to have made a good connection. Take care of yourself and loved ones and have a great year!
Native American

roseann hill

December 29, 2010

Irene, I'm from Jacksonville Florida and I love the hat you made. It's amazing you are incredible THANK YOU! :) Roseann Hill!

Ariana Ruela

December 18, 2010

Hello Irene, my name is Ariana and I am from New Jersey. I bought one of the beautiful hats you made. The color was amazing! Thank you with love :)

Arely Iniguez

December 18, 2010

hey Irene. my name is Arely and my friend bought me a hat you made. and i loved it! I just wanted to thank you for it because its really pretty and your very talented! :) I wish you the best

Bridget Duffy

November 27, 2010

Hello Irene! My name is Bridget and I am 12 years old. I live in Chicago Illinois. I love the hat you made. Your really good. Thanks much!!!