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 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.
Angela Yu Bae, Executive Director
Esther Cha, Program Coordinator
Carol Diaz-Leung, Bookkeeper
Judy Atkins, Interim Bookkeeper
Sarah Choi, Socia Media Manager
Teho Yoo, Manager of Volunteer Relations
Steven Bang, IT Manager
Zimele USA Board of Directors
Peter Ahn, President
Christine Anderson-Mason, Board Member
Margaret Chan, Treasurer
Taylor Lee, Board Member
Neil Lynch, Secretary
Jairo Paredes, Board Member
Heather Ziegler, Board Member