Women are traditionally excellent crafters within Zulu society and many rural women have existing craft skills. Through Zimele they are trained to make high quality items, using their incredible talents. They work with fabric, felt and beads to make a range of stationery, bags, decorations, home ware and jewellery.
The training and materials used during training are free of charge, although the women are expected to purchase the tools/equipment needed such as needles, scissors and pliers. Once the products are of a good standard, the women purchase the raw materials and Zimele pays for the items that they make on order.
Zimele is a member of the World Fair Trade Organisation. Everything that Zimele and its beneficiaries do is in accordance with Fair Trade principles, including the craftwork, guest-houses, our agricultural programme.