In 2004, WorldGranny was founded by Caroline van Dullemen. At that point she was director of the Academic Bureau of GroenLinks. Before that, she had worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as secretary for the National Advisory Council for Development Aid (NAR). Caroline studied social sciences and has for her work as a journalist travelled through Africa many times. She wrote about political developments, the effects of HIV/aids, and the role of women. She has written two books about Africa in transition from the apartheid-system. In Africa she regularly spoke with older women. Her goal was to that way gain an understanding of the history and political situation of the country.” “Karina Sandoval has been working at WorldGranny since June 2012. She is originally from Peru but worked as a fundraiser in the US for some years where she accomplished her MBA. In 2011, Karina made the step of moving to the Netherlands and now proudly calls it home. At WorldGranny, she is responsible for the social enterprise “Knitting Social Fabric”. At the moment she mainly keeps busy setting up partnerships between Peru and the Netherlands.” Judith is a Dutch designer, her grand father was an Egyptian knitter and this is her connection with yarn and fabric. She loves to knit and crochet, and she mix it really well with the modern design by creating beautiful animals, bags … Ching is Dutch and like Judith she has roots far away. Her grand-mother knitted in Hong-Kong and she learned crochet thanks to her. Independence is a mentality that her family showed to her, and now she wants to help to Grannies in Peru, that way they are also independent.
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