Our Organization

Zimele USA is an organization that confronts the root causes of poverty by removing the barriers to self-sufficiency for women in the impoverished and often AIDS-stricken communities of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province.

Zimele raises awareness and fundraises for programs that provide economic, educational and social resources such as financial management, job skills and life-skills classes. Since its founding in 2007, Zimele USA has funded programming in South Africa that has empowered over 10,000 women to become small-scale entrepreneurs who sustain independent livelihoods that not only benefit their families, but also their communities.

Zimele programs focus on the internal journey of our people. In order to transform their lives and their communities, they have to reconcile with themselves, their neighbors (fellow man), their environment and with God. Zimele is about helping people to live a life of abundance in their communities.

These Zulu women have inspired other women, men and children to break historical cycles of poverty and dependence on charity to take ownership of their own futures.


Zimele Staff
Angela Yu Bae, Executive Director
Catherine Choi, Bookkeeper

Zimele USA Board of Directors
Peter Ahn, President
Christine Anderson-Mason
Margaret Chan, Treasurer
Renee Karibi-Whyte
Taylor Lee
Neil Lynch, Secretary
Jairo Paredes
Heather Ziegler

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