Tink Knit is a nonprofit organization run by students from both Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. We teach single mothers how to knit hats, and we then sell their product online, at the Brown University Bookstore, and at various pop-up sales throughout Providence, Rhode Island. By providing the single mothers of our community with a supplemental form of income, Tink Knit works to support our local mothers without compromising the time they spend with their young children. Tink Knit has been engaging with the families of Providence since 2014, and we look forward to expanding our product and outreach in the coming years.
Tink Knit has a strong partnership with Healthy Families, an evidence-based maternal and child home visiting program. Student volunteers host the knitting workshops at their Meeting Street location, and social workers at Healthy Families assist the transport of yarn and looming materials. Our workshops supply mothers with materials to produce hats in the comfort of their own home, and mothers are encouraged to bring their children to all of our events. Tink Knit’s program runs from September to May each year.
Mothers receive a paycheck based on the quantity of products they make. They receive $15 per hat, with 40-50% of the retail price going directly back to the knitters. The rest of the profit is used to purchase yarn, replace looms, and cover operation costs. All knit products are made of high-quality Lion Brand yarn and tagged with a metal Tink Knit logo. Inside the hats, you can find a label signed by the knitter.
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