Bosnian women have been knitting for centuries as knitting is a tradition in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This tradition has been passed from one generation to another, especially in rural areas and today the majority of Bosnian women know how to knit.
Unfortunately, a large number of Bosnian women are civilian victims of war and are mostly unemployed. Knitting with its well-known therapeutic properties helps them forget, even for a moment, the traumas they have and now, thanks to KIO, knitting has become a source of income and independence for them.
Knitting is my love and my psychotherapy, it brings me both pleasure and benefit.
Aside from being a pleasure, knitting also represents a source of income for me.
When I’m knitting, I feel useful, and when I feel useful, I know what live for.
Knitting is important to me because it helps me not to think about the past. It relaxes me and it pays well, too.
I wouldn’t be able to survive without knitting today because my only other source of income is [my late husband’s monthly] pension of 300 BAM [Bosnian marks; 150 euro]. However, thanks to my knitting, both my children and I have enough.
We are proud to be able to give a chance to these women to improve their present and ensure a better future for themselves and their families.