Zimele is all about encouraging people to help themselves. Through training and mentoring we encourage women in rural KwaZulu Natal, South Africa to start their own businesses and community projects.
Zimele is a Zulu word that means ‘to stand on your own feet’ which captures the spirit of the organisation. Through self-help groups (SHGs), South African rural women receive training and are encouraged to start weekly savings to meet family needs and to develop their business ideas. Most of us are aware of the poverty and HIV/ AIDS pandemic faced by African countries, and the affect on children and communities, but don’t know how to help. It’s tempting to jump in and ask, “How can I fix this? ” This saviour-mentality may be quicker, but it can create dependency. Zimele chooses a different route. One that seeks to develop people first, then mentor them as they come-up with their own ideas to better their community.
The mission of Zimele is to create self-sustainable communities through the implementation of programmes appropriate to rural life, including:
• The creation of self- help groups,
• The establishment and growth of small businesses,
• The mentorship of community driven non- profit organisations.
Zimele UK works with Zimele in South Africa by fundraising, raising awareness, promoting the concept of development and providing administrative support.
Zimele UK aims to:
- To encourage independence and initiative rather than giving hand-outs.
- To raise awareness of poverty and HIV in rural communities in South Africa.
- To fund-raise to support the projects carried out by Zimele in South Africa.
- To develop markets for the products made by the charity in South Africa.
Established: February 2008
Registered Charity Number: 1135490
Board members: 4
Part time staff: 1
Phone number: 01873 855 126
Address: Aenon House, 34 Pen Y Pound, Abergavenny NP7 7RNView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website
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