The Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.

Recycle Old Shoes with Yarn

Your title/position CEO-Crochet Hub Africa
Type of Enterprise informal program/project
Year the ngo or company was founded MAY 2017
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Explain your project in details:

Crochet Hub Africa is a project that was started to make use of cheap locally available raw materials to create new shoes. We use yarn to refurbish old shoes into desirable styles as per the customers demands. We are capable of making numerous designs out of a single old pair of sole, for all age groups, sizes and both sexes. We obtain our soles from used shoes whose soles are still in good shape. Such shoes can be as lowly priced as less than $1.00. The upper worn out part is carefully gotten rid of and the sole washed spotlessly clean. Then using a crochet hook, a new upper part is sewn. The new handmade shoes are not only customizable but cheap as well. For these shoes, a pair only needs a ball of yarn worth $1.00. Eventually, the shoe pairs are sold at a price ranging between $6.00 and $60. Sometimes, we deliberately go for new pairs of soles from shoe industries at a higher price so as to meet customers demands. This means we could still make our own brand of new shoes. Our favorite customers are kids; one, they do not wear out their shoes, they outgrow them. Most of childrens used shoes have newer soles despite the worn out top. Secondly, yarn is warmer; all kids need warmth. We do our sells exclusively online. We are located strategically in a rural set up where there is cheap labor. However, our market is largely based in towns. We ship our shoes nationwide in Kenya at a small fee. Payment is as well done online.

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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

The traffic of shoes from urban centers to rural areas is high. Unfortunately, the shoes that will trickle down to the rural dwellers are sometimes rejects and the worst of grades of used shoes. We rural dwellers only see brand shoes on TV. Crochet Hub Africa is rerouting the shoes business, back to towns through recycling . We are taking advantage of the fact that most urban dwellers love unique stylish and often expensive footwear to furnish them with exactly the same. Our crochet shoes are as new as the materials that are put together to make them. This is how we have hooked the city people on our crochet hooks. The women in the rural set up will benefit from this project big time in two ways: those that do not afford shoes quality shoes can buy our own cheaply while those that are long-sighted will make the shoes and sell because we offer training to empower local women. We have been training women in various parts of the country already. There is vast room for improvement on our product, because creativity is limitless. By so doing, we are promoting the local manufacturers industry and the Small and Medium Enterprises that Africa is struggling so hard empower. Our greatest achievement was when we featured on KCB LIONS DEN season three last year. We are yet to receive the funding upon being the finalists. This will help us expand especially in the areas of marketing and raw materials.

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Sustainability and future plans

I was a finalist in the Kenyan entrepreneurship program KCB Lions Den where I won $5000 to establish my business. I am yet to receive the amount to be used for purchasing raw materials in bulk as well as aid in marketing. I have as well managed to finance the project with a loan worth $50000. We are still researching on how best to make the shoes, where to source for best materials and the type of yarn that best finish our work. As at now, our shoes can compete in the shoe industry favorably. We are already selling online on order, making deliveries nationwide. We have already sold more than 300 pairs in a span of a year. We are coming up with our brand before the end of the year. We are aiming at taking the textiles industry by storm to supply quality yarn, crochet accessories and rubber soles in the country. We are as well working on improving our training services country wide.

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

I am a 31 year old lady, mother of one and a graduate teacher by profession. I come from a family of eight; four girls four boys. Both of my parents are teachers too. I am In November 2016, I had my baby. I was disappointed that I had to travel to a nearby town, about 200 KM away to buy nice baby stuff for her. Then I wondered, I am a teacher, I can afford a few nice stuffs for my kid, but they werent readily available! What of the women without jobs in the rural areas? Where would they find nice baby shoes for instance? That is how I began improvising crochet shoes on soles. After some time, I began training locals in the craft. Since then, I have been improving on the work and as at now, it is clear I have come a long way.

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May 21, 2019 20:57

Amazing, Lambisia! Proud to discover this project and how its is simple but very innovation.

My project is to produce straws with bamboo, and so reject the plastic straws at once. You can look here :)


May 21, 2019 17:47

A small innovative idea can become a big project if it is well nurtured. May you find the help you are appealing for in this competition so that you continue giving back to the society.

Joyce Juma

May 21, 2019 17:24

A project that captures recycle, women and youth empowerment and innovation defines the purpose of the founders; sustainability. I am in love with the Lambisia's idea. and I wish you the best in this competition.

May 21, 2019 11:49

This is an amazing project.
Good for the environment and employs many ( both illiterate and literate)
I would love see these shoes as I am curious as what happens to when if I washed them, do the threads get that hairy look of washes crochets? how do you ensure quality and sustainability of the shoes as you process them?

Otherwise its a very good project and I wish you all the best.

May 21, 2019 11:09


You guys are just great.

Recycling old shoes with yarns.
I believe this year's competitors have given the organizers serious home work already.

Keep doing what you do dear.

Please look through my idea at:

And kindly leave a comment and vote.

Best regards


May 21, 2019 09:04

Entrepreneurship is about problem identification, finding a solution and adding value to it so that it may capture more than just one market. Recycling shoes is a good initiative because it saves the ecosystem and provides affordable yet quality shoes to the rural setup. all the best Crochet Hub Africa

May 21, 2019 08:53

A very nice idea of recycle stuff for the shoe industry
Your idea will also help a large part of the children
My question is whether the team has experience in the shoe industry !!
I wish you good luck

May 21, 2019 07:52

Do you accept others to join your industry if he/she has that skills? Be cause I have friend here in Tanzania doing same as your industry but she is lucking market for her product. I hope by joining someone powerful she can prosper and have link to other sources of market

May 21, 2019 07:16

it is awesome idea, will help youth and women,will increase employment opportunity and environmental sustainability.
but you should be very creative and designer to beat your competitors, after implementation dont forget to use AVAFF technic(affordable and available)


May 21, 2019 07:00

I am one of the beneficiaries of Crochet Hub Africa Training. I can proudly affirm to what the founders have mentioned about recycling, empowering women and youths and being objective about sustainability. Kudos for this far and best wishes in this


May 21, 2019 06:51

Crochet Hub Africa never disappoints. I have bought a number of shoes from them and the shoes are unique, warm and affordable. Thanks to the young innovative minds. All the best in this competition


May 21, 2019 06:43

I am happy to see crochet hub Africa making such advancements. being a participant in this competition proves your hard work. Keep trying hard, remember nothing is impossible with an innovative mind. all the best


May 20, 2019 23:02

Crochet hub Africa is one of the top rated innovation that requires unskilled labour, am just in love with the entire idea. To the innovators congratulations!! what's remaining now is to do marketing of the same because am sure every individual definitely buys the idea.


May 20, 2019 22:14

I am curious to learn how to stich the yarn on soles. Will you be having any other training sessions soon? Do you have a YouTube channel? I have made interactions with you on fb and I am wholly supportive. I hope you shine on this Crochet hub Africa.

Crochet Hub Africa

May 20, 2019 21:58

Good work going on indeed. We at crochet hub Africa leave no stone unturned. We strive to meet all demands of our customers. Please keep voting for us to front our agenda.

May 20, 2019 21:48

Your idea is good and it looks it would have a great impact on society.
I would appreciate it if you could vote and comment on my idea as well

and consider supporting my idea with comments and votes!"

Thank you


May 20, 2019 15:50

Félicitations crochet hub Afrique. Vous avez commencé petit, mais avec beaucoup de travail, vous tirez quelque chose de cette idée. J'adore les chaussures et je commanderai certainement des paires lorsque je viendrai au Kenya. J'aimerais aussi savoir comment faire les chaussures. Bonne chance dans la compétition.


May 20, 2019 15:16

I cant get enough of this idea. I would vote over and over for crochet hub Kenya. I have been a fan since it started, and I like the way the foundee has conquered the milestones. #be curious


May 20, 2019 13:27

Enter your commentMThank you for opening chances for many Kenyans by starting accompany that can make shoes using old shoes!Open other outlets upcountry so that young mothers can get those training opportunities!


May 20, 2019 12:46

The shoes are nice. I would really love to know how to make them. The fact that you recycle old soles to get new shoes is catching. I wish you the best in your endeavors

May 20, 2019 07:35

This is a wonderful project. At first I was about to say why don't you also help the youth but as I read, I realized that you have help much by empowering women in terms of training and giving them jobs. Thanks for this heart that you have shown to our mothers... I really can't Miss out on voting... again thanks for this heart I look forward to getting some idea from you on this very project. Check out also on my project "Chalk Production"

May 20, 2019 07:31

This is a wonderful project. At first I was about to say why don't you also help the youth but as I read, I realized that you have help much by empowering women in terms of training and giving them jobs. Thanks for this heart that you have shown to our mothers... I really can't Miss out on voting... again thanks for this heart I look forward to getting some idea from you on this very project. Check out also on my project "Chalk Production"

May 20, 2019 07:07

Its a great idea that's the reason I'm voting. Best of luck

My idea, Shoppers Barrow", was nominated for the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition in the Best Ideas 2019 category. Please read my idea at and consider supporting my idea with comments and votes!
Thanks in advance

May 20, 2019 02:33

A brilliant and innovative idea. Making new shoes out of old ones is beyond brilliant. I'm awed, wishing u the best as you take your idea to new heights. Please kindly support my own idea A woman is human


May 19, 2019 22:58

Rubber outsole! C'est magnifique mademoselle.
Wool upper! Mmmh..
Breathable lining!
Most importantly, very flexible!
Congrats lady Lambisia for such a wonderful idea.

Mutama Jnr

May 19, 2019 22:55

Impressive Crotchet Team. Recycling is a great idea. By doing so, you are actually able to minimize the cost of crotcheting a shoe. Atleast, the price will be affordable to many individual. I would like to order mine, get me through 0720840723.

Max Pascal

May 19, 2019 22:35

Dope, good initiative. Im impressed with the good work. Keep embracing your talents and you will go far. I love the idea, i love the uniqueness in your product, i love the work crotchet hub i doing...Cheers @Crotchet_Hub

May 19, 2019 22:09

Your project of recycling is unique and full of innovation. I hope you can extend your business to other countries. Congrats with this project and I wish you the best of luck and keep up the good work.

You can also read about my idea called High Thermal Insulation Perpend (HTIP), at and consider supporting my idea with comments and votes!

May we all reach our goals with our project.


May 19, 2019 21:56

Keep up the talent Gee and Val,i will always be your number one not sure I can draw a cat on a mat.
What can i say....talent is real.lots of love from me and all your fans.May God bless the work of your hands

May 19, 2019 20:37

For a shoe that is worn out, do you just discard the old material and replace with a new one or do you have a means of recycling the old material into new ones to be used again.? since your market is online, have you tried to reach other cities outside of Kenya town, perhaps in this digital age, your best customers may be outside your current location.

May 19, 2019 19:57

thank you Elvis. we really appreciate your pieces of advice. indeed, we shall work on getting to the urban dwellers. fortunately they are the lovers of style and uniqueness. we want to harness their vast market yet still obtain cheap labour from the rural dwellers.


May 19, 2019 19:00

Innovation meets recycling. The best recipe for sustainability. Keep you head high, you have identified the right niche.. the best one. Keep working hard. All the best crochet hub Africa.

May 19, 2019 16:49

Wow great one there fellow friend,creating employment for our people than waiting to be employed is very good idea.
Also find attached a link to my idea

Nabibya'Son Jr.

May 19, 2019 16:39

Very unique and original work. Keep moving up the ladder as the project is destined to greatness. As far as it is founded in a rural set up, you should find a way to penetrate the urban areas to expand the area of production but more so the market. May God bless.

May 19, 2019 16:26

I admire your regards on the recycling, as I'm also fond of the topic. Your plans are so interesting as you have a nice goal. Best wishes for your success. I would like to see among bests. Thank you!

May 19, 2019 16:23

I admire your regards on the recycling, as I'm also fond of the topic. Your plans are so interesting as you have a nice goal. Best wishes for your success. I would like to see among bests. Thank you!

May 19, 2019 12:04

Wow Lambisia, this your idea is very good. You are helping rural dwellers in your community get and/or afford quality shoes. Shoe is a basic and essential need of life. No doubt, this initiative will go places.

All the best, dear. You can also support my project with your comment and vote through this link

Keep it up!

May 19, 2019 11:19

Getting customized products is an attractive business in today's market. People want customized products. And also your project will reuse the sole and also this whole process is really cheap. Great idea!

Your idea is good and it looks it would have a great impact on society. I would appreciate it if you could vote and comment on my idea as well

May 19, 2019 10:47

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Daisy Kemboi

May 19, 2019 09:11

Crochet Africa is one of the best innovation I have ever heard of, congratulations to the founders. I believe this project will go far because of the quality of products they made, the products are standard and decorated enough to meet the preference of the customer.
I would also wish to encourage the founders never to give up because that's a gold mine. Go go lembisia, congratulations!!!


May 19, 2019 08:14

The idea is unique. Keep it up, let everday be a challenge to you, and make sure you achieve your daily milestones. I love the fact that the idea can be used to mobilize youths and women, and empower them to sustain themselves. I wish you the best.

May 18, 2019 12:56

Good work ladies! Really innovative and mind opening. Keep it up.... Make me some shoes too. I would like to know how to make such as well. How can you help? What type of yarn is the most appropriate for this? Can you leave your phone details for follow up?