to stand on one's own two feet

Our Organization

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

Zimele USA
Angela Yu Bae, Executive Director

Carol Diaz-Leung, Bookkeeper

Richard Huang, Legal Consultant

Teho Yoo, Manager of Volunteer Relations

Steven Bang, IT Manager


Zimele USA Board of Directors
Peter Ahn, President

Margaret Chan, Treasurer

Neil Lynch, Secretary

Taylor Lee, Board Member

Lavinia Johnston, Board Member

Georgette Wangongo, Board Member

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