Empowering women crafters

2015-05-05 13:24

IN the heart of Pietermaritzburg’s CBD is a little organisation making a big difference throughout the province.

Zimele, a non-profit organisation, is empowering women with the skills, resources and support networks to start businesses and social-service projects to sustain themselves, their families and their communities.

It is registered with the World Fair Trade Organisation and is achieving its mission of empowerment through a number of programmes.

These include a craft programme where women from rural areas are trained to manufacture high-quality products using their talent and creativity. These women then train others in their community, empowering the community through shared knowledge and skills. The women work with fabric, felt and beads to make a range of stationery, bags, decorations, home ware and jewellery. The products are sold at local markets as well as internationally through the organisation’s link to Fair Trade, and the income received makes a massive difference to the women and their families.

Zimele has an extensive range of hand-made items that make the perfect gift for mum this Mother’s Day.

From personal items such as toiletry and cosmetic bags, handbags and a wide range of jewellery, to items for the home including oven gloves, tea cosies and door stops, you will be sure to find something beautiful.

Zimele’s products will be on sale at a stall at the Pick n Pay court at Liberty Midlands Mall until Saturday. The craft items may also be purchased at the Zimele office at 18 Claybourne Street. Phone 033 342 7787 before visiting to make sure the office is open

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