T was hassling Seema about her English classes, challenging her to be ready to say more than, “I’m fine” by next Monday! 🙂

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Today we talked about the following, and more! :

-Seema’s computer classes – her course has finished – has she been practicing?
-How Renu likes W+S
-Bangles we’re developing for a client
-Experimental knit penguins and narwhals
-The snowy weather in NYC





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WORK+SHELTER is working with Lindie and Friends!

Creator Kara Lesondak answered some questions so you could get to know her and Lindie and Friends better!

Read our interview and then visit the Lindie and Friend’s website and order yours today!


1. How did you come up with the idea for Lindie and Friends?

Lindie & Friends/Crafty Kids was born out of my desire to combine my love of making toys with my background in education. With Lindie & Friends I make toys and with Crafty Kids I teach toy making to kids in NYC and Kenya.

2. How did you hear about WORK+SHELTER and what made you want to start working with us?

I heard about WORK+SHELTER from Kari Litzmann, Founder & Director of Rubina. I loved the idea of manufacturing my dolls in a women’s cooperative where I knew that giving the women work would improve their lives.

3.What was the process of getting samples made like?

Getting samples made by WORK+SHELTER was a great experience! The process was fast and efficient. Theresa was very communicative and a pleasure to work with. The samples were fantastic!

4. How will working with WORK+SHELTER enable you expand and grow Lindie and Friends?

Working with WORK+SHELTER will allow me to expand Lindie & Friends by being able to sell wholesale to stores. It will also enable me to spend more time on growing the business by spending more time on marketing and sales.


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Namita working hard at WORK+SHELTER New Delhi

Namita working hard at WORK+SHELTER New Delhi


After a recent trip to WORK+SHELTER New Dehli with Theresa Vandermeer and Jorel Van Os, Namita Krul shared with us some of her notes on the progress at the shelter and some goals for the coming year.

“I realized,after visiting the shelter once again, how much progress the ladies have made. Not only with the knitting quality but more importantly with building self-confidence. They are a happy group of ladies who are turning into a very friendly team. There were no tensions or  under- currents, as such. A fact that can usually be so when ladies work together so closely, day in and day out. This makes the shelter indeed a safe space and the atmosphere is warm.

 Anjali fits in very well with these ladies as an operational manager and we’ve got good support from her. She is absolutely flexible with her time and has no 9 to 5 mentality which makes our work conducive.
We had set up many goals to achieve within a short period of our stay. Not all of them were realized as time flew by and fatigue took its toll. Yet, looking back, we have come far in this first year.
 The inauguration of the shelter was held on the 8th of December 2011
Happy birthday WORK+SHELTER”
You can read more about Namita on the Leadership page and read her interview in Dutch magazine “My World”.