Some sobering reading about the situation in the area where Zimele operates

The 2014 PACSA Food Price Barometer is a research document that makes terrifying reading. PACSA (Pietermaritzburg Agency for Community Social Action) reports on a society in crisis. It is against this backdrop that the work of Zimele takes place in South Africa. The report states: “A significant number (45.2%) of our households are female-headed. Female-headed households are typically the most vulnerable sector of our society, women being the lowest paid and shouldering the highest burden of care. Almost half of all people of working age are unemployed, many having given up hope of ever finding a job." It continues, "Food is not the first expense which households pay but typically one of the last because food is one of the few expenses which households are able to control. The 2014 PACSA Food Price Barometer has shown that as economic pressures increase on households and certain foods became unaffordable, households substitute those foods for cheaper products. These cheaper products have now become unaffordable leaving households with no further choices but hunger.” Please read this document, it will open your eyes to how KwaZulu Natal’s impoverished communities simply cannot survive without support from projects such as ours.

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Zimele's Big Give Christmas Challenge 2014

The countdown begins!

Cinderella, a Zulu farmer, drying her “magic” bean crop

Meet Cinderella, a Zulu farmer, drying her “magic” bean crop.

We’d like to help women like her maximise the potential of their homestead gardens and fields. A better yield means more food on the family table,  as well as extra to sell.


Bean SowingCommunal Tending


We’re funding a training programme for women to learn eco friendly techniques to boost their crops and conserve local resources.

Any donation you make to Zimele through The Big Give will be matched. That's right! Your money will be doubled!

The challenge opens for on-line donations at 10am on Thursday 4th December until that days matching money is exhausted. Last year, Thursday’s pot of money ran out in minutes! But do keep trying! There will be more money released at 10am on Friday and Saturday.

Visit to find out more about the project. You can also follow this link on the day to make your donation.

So go on, help Cinderella’s dreams come true!

Donate A Doll and Support Children and Communities in South Africa

Donate A Doll With Zimele UKLaunching this great new alternative gift for £25.

A crafter benefits from the income...
A child benefits from a beautiful doll...
The women and children involved with the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children project benefit from any additional income to buy school uniform and pay school fees...
You get to buy a meaningful gift...
Win, win, win, win!

Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the name and address you wish to appear on the certificate. Payment of £25 per gift can be made via paypal or sending us a cheque/ paying directly into our bank account. You can find the details on how to do this here.

Please note that we do not take photos of children receiving dolls in advance. It can therefore take between 2 to 3 months for us to receive the image of the doll and its new friend that you have sponsored. However, if you would like to purchase an urgent gift, please get in touch and we may be able to speed up the process!