With love from Zimbabwe

February 06, 2017

With love from Zimbabwe

Adorable hand knitted toys, made with love in Zimabwe.

This project supports more than sixty knitters across four projects. Unemployment in these areas is a huge problem (it currently stands at around 97%). The knitting project is providing meaningful employment for women; a way to build a future for themselves and their families.

Knitting is an ideal activity for generating income as it can be done anywhere, anytime, and can be made to fit in with the myriad other responsibilities the women have.

Proceeds from the sale of these gorgeous animals help the women of Zimbabwe and the obstetric fistula patients of Ethiopia.

Our regular volunteer, Kimberly has a soft spot for these cute toys.

Kimberly (Monday volunteer)

"I had just finished a Science degree and was between jobs when I was invited to a Colour Conference. Every year they focus on fundraising for a major cause. The year I went they spoke about Catherine Hamlin and her lifelong work in Ethiopia. I found Catherine’s story so fascinating, particularly that she was still operating on obstetric fistula patients into her late 80s! This amazed me on so many levels. I found her faith, courage, compassion and endurance inspirational. Because I was available during the week I volunteered and was accepted to help at the Turamurra HQ one day a week. That was two years ago and while I now have a full time job I still volunteer one day a week in the shop. Catherine’s passion and energy has taught me a thing or two!

My favourite thing(s) in the shop are the hand knitted friends. These little animals are not only incredibly cute – they are all slightly different. Each animal is lovingly handmade, and the name of the knitter is written on its tag along with the name it has been given by its creator. They are Fairtrade and offer employment to underprivileged women in Zimbabwe as well as helping to raise funds for training Hamlin midwives and treating women who suffer with obstetric fistula. I call that a win – win."

Choose your favourite friend here.