November Newsletter 2015

A true test of strength is resilience under pressure and I am immensely proud of the way that our Zimele Community team has weathered a particularly difficult period that saw staff members leaving us and various changes being implemented. Each and every one of them rose to the occasion, capably took on the new challenges, and proved themselves champions of the Zimele Community programme. Thanks to their dedication and passion we are able to continue with our work, changing peoples’ lives in an incredibly positive way. Zimele Community team, I salute you and thank you.

It was also heartening to hear from the Zimele Community beneficiaries in the rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal that they continue to trust us and welcome the opportunity for us to continue working together to achieve transformation for both needy individuals and the wider community in these distant, dusty places. Together we can maintain our various programme activities as we remain focused on the core Zimele Community mission, ‘to empower women with the skills, resources, and support networks to start businesses and social service projects to sustain themselves, their families and the communities’. I am heartened by the support from these marginalised women who are driven by a need for financial independence and my wonderful team who strive every day to bring about this change.

Rosetta Stander

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Trade show pays off

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What exciting news from our Craft team. It might have taken eight months, but our attendance at the New York Now trade fair, where our crafters’ beautiful products were showcased, has resulted in an order from a large American Fair Trade organisation called Global Girlfriend.  Julia Buss, Zimele’s Craft Coordinator, says, “We met the Global Girlfriend organisation representatives in February at the NY Now trade show in New York and – finally – they have placed the order after testing our products and deciding to give us the go ahead.”

Well done to our crafters and well done to our dedicated Zimele craft team for securing this first Fair Trade order from the USA – quite an achievement! One of the main products ordered are the Shwe Shwe earrings (shown here), which have been a hit.

Poultry training for Zimele farmers


As part of our Zimele Agriculture Programme’s annual formal training courses, the Agriculture Programme participants attended an accredited five day training course on poultry production at the KwaZulu-Natal Poultry Institute (KZNPI) in Bisley, Pietermaritzburg. A total of 40 farmers benefitted from these training sessions, which took place over two weeks with two groups of 20 farmers from the uMkhanyakude, uMgungundlovu and uThukela districts attending. The training took place over the weeks of 28 September to 3 October and 12 October to 16 October 2015. To read more…

A new library in Mtubatuba


The long awaited Mtubatuba library has finally found its home! The Mduli family kindly donated a building that wasn’t being used by the family to house the library. The building needs a little repair and the library committee has begun making plans to prepare it for its new role with the help of international donor support – thank you! The books and a few shelves have been delivered and the set up process begins. To read more…

OVC Building Progress


The building of the Orphaned and Vulnerable Child Centre in Swayimane is progressing at a steady rate.  The Swayimane community will benefit greatly from this centre once it is up and running, as orphaned and vulnerable children in this rural community will now be capably cared for. Zimele Community would like to once again express our sincere thanks to our international donor, For Children from Switzerland, which has made this much-needed centre possible.  Take a look at the progress here…

Fashion entrepreneur

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Precious Ngcobo is a member of Tholokuhle savings group, which is based in the Mbava area. Precious is a skilled seamstress and after completing her Matric she started sewing, doing alterations for people in her community. After joining her Self Help Group and seeing that her sewing could become a means of earning an income, she was inspired to improve her sewing skills with a focus on becoming a fashion designer and dressmaker. In 2009, she signed up at the Khula Wande fashion design school and graduated at the end of that year.  To read more…

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