To confront the root causes of poverty and remove the barriers to economic self-sufficiency for women in South Africa’s rural communities.
To empower women with the skills, resources, and support networks to start businesses and social service projects to sustain themselves, their families and their communities.
David A. Shuler, An Ethical Dilemma: The Imposition of Values on Other Cultures
Zimele founder Rosetta Stander comments, “The question then is: how do we build self-reliance without creating dependency? I found the answer in 2 Kings 4.1-4.8: ‘tell me, what hast thou in the house?’. I see sustainable development as guiding people towards identifying their needs, whether their problem is a lack of information, knowledge, or resources as well as helping them to identify their existing skills, knowledge and the resources that they do have. Then we set up a process to assist the individual to meet their personal, individual needs…to build their capacity, so that they can work with what they have and build on that. Our goal is to help open their eyes to what they already have, and create an awareness of how they can transform their lives through their own inspired hard work.”