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About Minkha

MINKHA is a true sustainable development success story that was initiated by Save the Children Canada. From its beginning 18 years ago, the women have established a viable cooperative that has afforded them a means of providing for their children and their extended families. We support them 100%! We are totally NON PROFIT, and all the funds from our sales are returned to the knitters. You will not only love your sweater, you will be helping us make a difference for some very important people in Bolivia! Since the early 1990?s, a small group of Quechua and Aymara women were organized by Save the Children – Bolivia into a co-operative knitting group. These women hand knit beautiful alpaca sweaters that are sold in North America. All profits are returned to the Bolivian women throught the efforts of Canadian volunteers. These women were desperate to earn a living to support and care for their extended families. It is customary to have an extended family that may include parents, grandparents and other relatives, as well as children. In many cases a woman is the sole income earner for her family. In addition to the financial rewards of the program, the women also enjoy a very positive social experience. They thrive on the customer feedback they receive for the superior quality of their knitting. The quality of life for these women and their families has improved significantly because of MINKHA. The number of share-holding knitters has tripled: now Artesanias Minkha essentially sustains 45 families. In 2004, the Cochabamba Chamber of Commerce honoured Artesanias Minkha with a plaque celebrating 15 years of business success… this is surely a first for native women.

Ellis Knitting

If you want to knit, pick something small. It’s best to leave the big stuff to Minkha!

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Changing of the Guard

For the past five and a half years, we have gotten to know Melina, Minkha’s office administrator for all the great things she has done for the organization. We are sad to see her go, but happy for her accomplishments … Continue reading

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Minkha Group Portrait

4 devoted Canadian Minkha volunteers fit right in with the Cochabamba Knitters.

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Congratulations Team Canada!

Canada was awarded 10 gold, 10 silver and 5 bronze medals in Sochi. We ranked 3rd overall after Russia and Norway. Congratulations to all our athletes! The games are over we are getting back into the swing of things. Here … Continue reading

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Olympics Snowboard Coach Knitting at Top of Course

“SOCHI, Russia – Just seconds prior to Finland’s Roope Tonteri’s final run in men’s slopestyle, NBC cameras caught a shot of his coach doing the unthinkable: knitting a scarf.” Read More

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Happy Valentines Day!

National Sweater Day falls just a few days before Valentines Day, so we thought it was the perfect opportunity to say Thanks… We Love and appreciate all the support and commitment you’ve provided to keep our knitters in this year.  … Continue reading

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Ranchlands Spring Sale Posters

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Minkha Hats

Beautiful hand knit berets that will keep us stylish and warm throughout cold winter days and cool spring nights. Please let us know if these are something that interests you by filling out the simple survey below the video. Survey … Continue reading

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Pantone’s Colour of the Year

“Summer” is one of our latest designs and makes for a beautiful addition to any outfit. The sweater displayed is knit using cotton and a colour matching Pantones 2014 Colour of the year. Custom orders take three months and make … Continue reading

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Summer Design

Introducing Ileana wearing one of Minkha’s latest designs; Summer (3880). I’ve just ordered this design as a dress. It will be available in the spring. Ileana is selling tea which will be available at most Minkha Calgary events. (

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