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Poultry Training in KZN

Poultry Training in KZN

Zimele UK have sent through more photographs of how funding from GAGA UK was spent in 2015. 

For the past two years, GAGA UK have provided funding for an agricultural project in Mtubatuba, KZN, South Africa). This funding went towards training and infrastructure, to help small scale farmers produce for themselves and families, and create small businesses. The entrepreneurial spirit of the people there is fantastic! 

Some of the money went towards a week long training course for a group of women to attend the KZN Poultry Institute, and learn more about chickens!

As you can see from the photo to the left, the women learnt about the importance of infra-red lamps, clean water and an adequate food supply for healthy chicks. 

Some of the women in Mtubatuba now have 20 layer chickens and 200 broiler chicks. They collect 16-18 eggs everyday, which can be sold at R2 each, and the broiler chicks at R80 each. 


Trainees learnt about the importance of space for growth, as well as protection of chickens and eggs in secure huts. Much more was learnt throughout the week, both in a practical and theorectical sense.

Thanks to both Zimele and KZNPI for giving these women this opportunity, and good luck to all who attended the training!

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Poultry Training in South Africa

Poultry Training in South Africa

It's great to get some updates from the farming programme in Mtubatuba run by Zimele. Last year GAGA once again, provided funding towards infrastructure and training for small-scale farmers in rural South Africa. 

Towards thhe end of 2015, a group attended a week long course at theKZN Poultry Institute. Facilitators from the Institute as well as members of the Zimele Agricultural team, have since visited everyone who attended the training and those who bought chickens to start a business. Bheki, from Zimele, has been checking up on conditions and farming methods that the trainees have put in to practice. 

During the training, women were taught to use what they have in the initial stages before developing too much infrastructure. 

Zimele - Mtubatuba, year two

Zimele - Mtubatuba, year two

We are delighted to announce that the board recently granted the second year funding to Zimele for year two of the Mtubatuba project.  Year one was an incredible success and we are currently summarising the report we received. Charlie was in Mtubatuba in November and was blown away by the advances the project had made and the number of people the project was engaging. The board of trustees granted £9000 for year two of this brilliant project.

You can find out more about the project here

Zimele's Annual Report

Zimele's Annual Report

We’re really proud to share with you this year’s annual report from one of our South African partners, Zimele.

As you will read, progress has been exciting and achievements numerous!

Zimele's Annual Report 2013/14

Growing on Zimele's Success

Growing on Zimele's Success

We are delighted to announce that the Board of Trustees has agreed to fund Zimele’s new project, “Zimele Sustainable  Livelihoods Project” with £10,000 over the next two years.  Two years ago we helped with to fund an expansion of Zimele’s Self- Help Groups (SHG) Programme into the Mtubatuba region of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa.  In the summer of 2011 9 SHGs were established, and by the end of 2012 there were 15 functioning SHGs which included 170 people. There are now 49 functioning groups in Mtubatuba, with 550 people involved. They have saved over R135,000, borrowed over R96,000 in 413 loans and put these funds to a variety of uses, starting businesses and increasing their household income and stability. And, already they have paid back over R67,000. The project has been a big success!

Zimele now want to build on these successes by adding an agricultural component for the women farmers in the area. The programme focuses on job creation through self-employment in agriculture. The women involved are often elderly, and have been farming the land for many years, but despite their years of experience, being hard-working and loving the soil, it has been it has been extremely difficult to make a viable living this way. Zimele now invites these women to join SHGs and receive support through loans (from within the savings group and externally) for the purchasing of seeds and fertilizers, and to open up markets for the produce through Zimele Fairtrade or locally. Zimele will not only provide financial support, but also the necessary training and mentoring in production and business management. The goal is to help 180 women in the region beginning early this year (2014).

We will keep you updated on the projects progress. 

Zimele's report 2013 - What fabulous achievements.

Zimele's report 2013 - What fabulous achievements.

Read Zimele’s report on how it spent our funding from last year (2013). It is heartening reading. What Zimele is achieving - makes what we do here and the donations you give - completely worthwhile. Here is a quick summary.

Recapping from our previous reports, in February 2013 Zimele UK received another £5000 from GAGA- Goodwill and Growth for Africa, to fund the continued expansion of our Self-Help Group (SHG) Programme into Mtubatuba, KwaZulu Natal. This converted to R68,036.

The Mtubatuba project was started in the summer of 2011 when 9 SHG’s were established. At the end of 2012 there were 15 functioning Self-Help Groups which included 170 people. They were at mixed stages of training, some having received all 6 modules of self-help group training whilst others were yet to receive training.

There are now 49 functioning Self-Help Groups in Mtubatuba which include over 550 people. Between them they have saved just over R135,000. They have borrowed over R96,000 in 413 loans which they put to a variety of uses. They have paid back over R67,000. They have started new businesses and increased their household income and stability.

Read the full report here

Renewing strong relations

Renewing strong relations

Once again GAGA has granted £5000 to Zimele to continue their work in Mtubatuba. This is the second year running and everything at Zimele is going from strength to strength. We are delighted to be working with them and we will keep you updated on future progress

Find out more here

From success to success @ Zimele

From success to success @ Zimele

Earlier this year we funded Zimele to expand their project into a new area of South Africa. The work Zimele is doing and what they are achieving is groundbreaking and remarkable. It is a system, which has the potential to spread. GAGA gave Zimele £5,000 to launch their programme in a new area of South Africa. They did this in a town called Mtubutuba which roughly three to four hours NE of Durban. Zimele has worked to train and educate groups of mainly women (as unfortunately the men of the community don’t see the potential) to become entrepreneurs, to stand on their own two feet and there are many varied ways they are doing this. The spin off has been incredible; from pre-school, to farms, to jam making, B&B’s and the craft programmes.

These groups then form together and save collectively. The admin of each group is controlled by the group themselves. They open their own accounts; they take it in turns to hold the ledger and banking the money. The ladies of each group can then borrow against the savings and the default rate is extremely low, as you are essentially borrowing, from your friends and neighbours. I have simplified the model, but hopefully you get the idea. (You can read in more detail here)

The move to the new area was funded by GAGA and another funding body. The effects are already been seen. There are now 11 functioning Self-Help Groups in Mtubatuba which include 123 people, 119 women and 4 men. Between them they have saved nearly R23, 000 (Est. £2,300). They have borrowed over R19,000 (Est. £1,900) in 151 loans which put to variety of uses. They have paid back R11, 481 (Est. £1,148). They have started new businesses and increased their household income and stability.

Zimele Project Update

Zimele Project Update

Great news from one of our latest partnership projects in South Africa. Already we are starting to see success in Matubatuba;

Currently there are 9 Self Help Groups with 101 members. This community is far from essential services and the Mana-la group saw the opportunity to sell school shoes. The group spend R1400 to purchase the shoes and made a profit of R1600. This is a big achievement for such a young group, but they are inspired by their success and are now in consultation with the local schools to become the retail agent for the local area.

Well done - Zimele!

Funding for Zimele - A new relationship for GAGA

Funding for Zimele - A new relationship for GAGA

We're really excited to announce that we have just confirmed funding for the new Self-Help Group Programme in Mtubatuba in partnership with Zimele in the UK and South Africa. Up until now Zimele have been working in 2 areas of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, Swayimane and Winterton. Now that the project is proven and well established there, Zimele is expanding with GAGA’s support. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Zimele.

We will have a page on our website dedicated to this new project where you will be able to see all news and updates over the next year. More detail of the new project and relationship with Zimele can be found here.

Zimele Project Page

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