Thoughts from November 2012

Say hello to Ms Ngoc

This is Ms Ngoc, a rice farmer who lives in Vietnam with her two young daughters.

Ms ngoc

Rural Vietnamese farmers heavily rely on rice production for their food and income, but producing rice is often costly and difficult work. Ms Ngoc was able to grow just enough rice to feed her family, but not enough to make any money for herself or her children.

The innocent Foundation works with NGOs to deliver our vision of sustainable farming for a secure future. Over the past few years, we have funded a project with IDE UK who work with poor rural households to create income and livelihood opportunities for families like Ms Ngoc’s. It was through this project that Ms Ngoc heard about a new Fertiliser Deep Placement (FDP) technology at her local Women’s Union group.

FDP is a process where fertiliser is compressed into a small pellet full of goodness. This pellet can be put into the ground alongside rice plants to increase crop production. Ms Ngoc applied it to her crop, harvested over 100 kg more rice than before (that’s a lot of rice) and made a nice profit in the process.

More rice, more money and a very happy family indeed.


hat of the week - the wizard vs Mr Bean

Help us to choose this week's innocent Big Knit Hat of the Week. This week's hats are the wizard's hat from Margaret in Westmeath and Mr. Bean from Lola in Dublin.

The winner of this coveted title will get some innocent goodies & vouchers in the post. Tell us who you think should win Hat of the Week in the comments below.

Hat of the week

The votes are in. Hat of the week winner is Mr Bean. Well done Lola.

The Knitting & Stitching Show - guess the hats, win a prize

Last weekend we headed along to the Knitting & Stitching Show in the RDS. We had a great time chatting to loads of lovely people, drinking smoothies and of course knitting little hats for the innocent Big Knit.

the knitting & stitching show

bobble making at the knitting & stitching show Peggy at the knitting & stitching show

We collected lots and lots of little hats for the innocent Big Knit. Guess the number of hats in the pile and the closest to the number will win a load of innocent goodies. Write your answer into the comments below.

Our closing date for hats for the innocent Big Knit is 30th November so there's still time to get knitting. Check out our innocent Big Knit page for more details.

This competition is now closed

We've counted the pile and it contains a massive 3117 hats. Well done to Bella who guessed 3279 hats. Thanks to all our amazing knitters.

hats from the knitting & stitching show