Zimele USA, an affiliate of Zimele Community, 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 Community spearheads programs to provide economic, educational and social resources such as financial management, job skills and life-skills classes. Since its founding in 2007, Zimele has empowered over 8,000 women to become small-scale entrepreneurs who sustain independent livelihoods that not only benefit their families, but also 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.
We are founded in the biblical principle of transformation derived from: 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 – “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation”
Zimele’s program focus a lot to do with the internal journey of our people. In order to transform, 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.
Zimele Community South Africa
Rosetta Stander, Founder & Executive Director
Audrey Matimelo, Program Director
Michael Malinga, Coordinator Agriculture Program
Phumzile Ngcobo, Field Trainer Agriculture Program
Kim McCall, Coordinator Enterprise Development Program
Magrose Chiborise, Business Trainer
Malusi Ziqubu, Business Trainer
Xolani Zondi, Coordinator SHG Program
Toto Bhungane, Field Trainer SHG Program
Nolungiso Mnduna, Field Trainer SHG Program
Precious Matongo, Field Trainer SHG Program
Zane Dlamini: Field Trainer SHG Program
Phillipa Haskins, Product Developer/Trainer Craft Program
Ashley Joubert, Administration
Peter Ahn, President
Angela Yu Bae, Executive Director
Carol Diaz-Leung, Bookkeeper
Richard Huang, Legal Consultant
Teho Yoo, Manager of Volunteer Relations
Zimele USA Board of Directors
Peter Ahn, Chair
Margaret Chan, Treasurer
Neil Lynch, Secretary
Taylor Lee, Board Member
Lavinia Johnston, Board Member
Georgette Wangongo, Board Member