June 2014 Newsletter


I would like to say a very sincere thank you to everyone who is part of Zimele’s success: our wonderful team, who work so hard, with such passion and dedication; our donors from around the world, who somehow manage to find time in their busy lives to share in our vision and even sometimes travel to our country to see our work in action; a thank you too to the women who are the beneficiaries of Zimele’s various programmes. You might ask why I feel a need to say thank you to people whose lives are being transformed through our efforts, but where would we be if it wasn’t for their trust, their willingness to take a leap of faith and start saving their precious Rands and cents and join with other women in a Self Help Group? I had no idea how my initial concept would grow when I started Zimele in 2007. Now, seven years later, I am amazed at how far we have all come. It is as if we have been guided along our path, as if God has been leading us and preparing our path, opening doors for us so that all we have to do is focus on our work: the opportunities and contacts that will make things happen come right to our door. Sometimes we are not aware that what is brought our way is what we need, but once some time has passed we realise that it was perfect for us. We should embrace our lives with faith and joyous confidence, knowing that we are not walking our route alone.

Rosetta Stander

Award-winning events

We are very proud to have won awards at both shows we recently attended, the Ladysmith Show and the Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg. We won a second place in the Best Indoor Informal category of the Ladysmith Show, and at the Royal Show, one of the country’s major events with almost 200 000 visitors, our stand was awarded a Gold Medal for the exhibit as well as a trophy for the Best Exhibit in an Individual Hall. Well done Team Zimele! A huge thank you to our partners in Financial Literacy, the Office of the MEC for Finance through the KwaZulu-Natal Financial Literacy Association, as it was thanks to them that we were at the Royal Show. Zimele beneficiaries were invited to be involved in the show, with training in preparation for exhibiting at this major event. Read more…

Chicken business

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket is the saying, and Silindokuhle SHG under Sukumasakhe Cluster in Mfekayo, Mtubatuba, wisely planned on diversifying their commercial activities during the new year. They decided to start a poultry project, and collected R100 from each member to be invested in their new venture. The total of R800 would be spent on buying broiler chickens, which they had identified as a business opportunity that would bring them good returns. However, as they were about to purchase the one week old chicks they heard of three other groups who had started the same business in the area. Not disheartened, the group then ‘hatched another plan’, opting to invest in egg laying chickens instead. Read more…



Business training in Mtubatuba

The Enterprise Development team has been working hard, taking Basic Business Training to the Mfekayi area of Mtubatuba. This community has been growing and developing various enterprises at a rapid rate! We held a three day course of training in the morning and during the afternoon we visited the various business and projects of the groups involved. Seen here is the Sizangamandla SHG crèche, proudly showing off their craftwork. Read more…

Craft training

Craft Training- Mtuba 13.05.2014 (18)June sees the completion of our first three month training period for the year. Zimele crafters from Swayimane, Winterton, and Mtubatuba have been trained to produce an exciting new range of jewellery (including earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings) as well as new Christmas decorations. They have done an exceptional job with the new products and are excited to begin production in July. This year we continued working with the ‘train the trainer’ concept to extend our reach. At strategic planning sessions held earlier this year, each group chose a leader and trainer who attend weekly training sessions with Zimele and then head home to train the rest of their group. Both the leaders and group members take note of critiques and suggestions and there has been steady improvement throughout the training period, resulting in some beautiful craftwork. Take a look!

 Winterton Bake for Profit course

DSC_0136After eight weeks of training in Winterton, six Zimele SHG ladies attending the Bake for Profit course run by Ethembeni HIV/AIDS Ministry graduated with flying colours and the vision of being economically active. The graduation ceremony was held at the Isibani Centre Chapel, where the ladies were rewarded for their hard work – with 10kg of flour amongst the prizes. They also baked the cakes for guests. Afterwards, the budding entrepreneurs were visited at their homes to see how their fledgling businesses were working out. Read more…

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