January Newsletter 2015


The previous year was a busy one. We saw the continued roll out of the Zimele programme across all eleven Districts of KwaZulu-Natal, and the formation of our first ever federation, the “Intuthuko yo Mama” Federation, that was celebrated on 29 August 2014 at Swayimane. Now, at the start of another year, the ninth since the founding of Zimele in 2007, we wonder what this exciting new year will hold for us. Challenges aplenty we are certain, and plenty of hard work. But as the saying goes, ‘the only time that success comes before work is in the dictionary’…wise words indeed! I look forward to witnessing the further triumphs of our empowered Zimele beneficiaries, and seeing what wonderful changes they can enact in their own lives and the lives of their communities. I also look forward to meeting and sharing the news about Zimele with you through this newsletter and on our website, but even better – in person, when you come to visit us. Our guests from overseas are always such an inspiration to us because they see what we do with fresh eyes and through their delight at what we are doing, they fire us up with fresh excitement. Wishing everyone in the Zimele Community family a happy, successful and positive 2015.

Rosetta Stander

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Shoe Box Project


The Dutch Reform Church congregation of Winterton undertook a wonderful Christmas Shoe Box project for orphans, working with Zimele savings groups to ensure that every child in the selected households would receive a gift and be a guest at the Christmas party where the gift boxes were handed out. Read more here…

Following up on our successful bakers

Lihle Mavuso of Ethembeni HIV/Aids Ministry and Zimele’s Enterprise Developer Kim McCall travelled through Swayimane to follow up on the progress of the Learn to Earn – Bake for Profit students who graduated in December 2013. Read more about the Zimele bakers’ progress here.

Highlights from the uMzinyathi District

Our field trainer, Zane Dlamini, sent in this interesting report to share with us some of the successes from the uMzinyathi District. Seen here are members of the Siyathuthuka, Vukasakhe and Sizakahle Self Help Groups making blocks to build a chicken house. To date they have collaborated on three projects. Read more here…

Craft Programme plans for the first quarter
Zimele - craft - pen and notebook set

Spiritual retreat for crafters
Spiritual Retreat 2014
A three day spiritual retreat was held at Futululu near Mtubatuba for 31 women, including members of the three Zimele craft groups in Mtubatuba (Sizanani, Mpumelelo, and Cebolenkosi), 4 women representing Mtubatuba Clusters, four representing Winterton Clusters, and Mrs Albertina Zuma and Mrs Octavia Gwala from Swayimane. The primary aim of the spiritual retreat was to give the women time away from their families, children and other demands in order to embark on a personal journey of introspection and healing, allowing them to focus on themselves and God. It is hoped that this would have a lasting impact on the way they view themselves as well as the way they relate to others in group situations. Read more here…

Strategic planning workshop
Strategic planning is an organisation’s process of defining its strategy or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy. In other words, its game plan. Zimele staff attended a two day workshop on strategic planning co-ordinated by an outsourced facilitator to clarify this for the Zimele team. During the workshop it was established that Zimele Community’s direction is clear and focused, aiming to assist communities and help people to ‘stand on their own two feet’.
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