This whimsical Peter Rabbit is handknit from handspun wool by Mary Wanjiru, an artisan from Molo, Kenya.
In 2007, rural women in Molo, Kenya, turned one of their local natural resources into a source of supplemental income. They realized that instead of paying a shearer to shear their sheep and take away the wool, they could use it to handcraft toys, rugs, and purses. Thus began the Molo Wool Project.
With the support of Oregon-based Friends of Kenya Schools and Wildlife and the Network for Eco-Farming in Africa, the women began spinning and dyeing their wool, then hand-knitting whimsical animals. The sale of items enables the women to pay school fees for their children and provide for household needs.