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.


Hope - Improving lives through our thoughtful and effective mentoring programs

HealingEmpowering a life for tomorrow, not just sustaining a life for today

Empowerment - Caring for those ravaged by HIV/AIDS, violence, and abject poverty through mental and wellness programs

Justice - Fair and righteous treatment of women and children

Community - Life challenges can only be solved collectively, not individually

Accountability - Individuals and communities are ultimately responsible for their own success


To confront the root causes of poverty in rural South Africa by  empowering women with financial literacy, small business training and life skills to sustain not only themselves, but their families and communities.

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