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Donations can be made in US-Dollars via international bank transfer to:

  • Account Number: 33-115903
  • Account Name: Uthando Africa
  • Swift Code: KFISZWHA
  • Branch Code: 12324 (Bulawayo)
  • Bank:Kingdom Bank, 53 Samora Machel Avenue, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Intermediary Bank: Standard Chartered Bank, 1 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10010-3603 USA
  • Intermediary Swift Code: SCBLUS33

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Wire Transfers

Donations can be made in US-Dollars via international bank transfer to:

  • Account Number: 33-115903
  • Account Name: Uthando Africa
  • Swift Code: KFISZWHA
  • Branch Code: 12324 (Bulawayo)
  • Bank:Kingdom Bank, 53 Samora Machel Avenue, Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Intermediary Bank: Standard Chartered Bank, 1 Madison Avenue, New York NY 10010-3603 USA
  • Intermediary Swift Code: SCBLUS33

The VucheVuche Basket Weaving Co-operative began in January 2011.  The group was started by Maggie Zambo and a few other ladies and aimed to create employment for women who were either not employed or only employed on a part time basis, but who had financial obligations to their families, for example, educating their children. 

 

The group now consists of twenty ladies, some of whom are widows and having to take care of their families solely and others who are taking care of orphaned children or their elderly parents.  The money earned helps with the building of their craft shop and the surplus is used for food and education for the ladies’ families.

 

The founding group of ladies each contributed 50 pula to start the project.  The Handwoven BasketsThe ladies have not had any formal training in basket weaving and are drawing on skills passed down from their parents.  If a lady knows how to knit or has basic knowledge of basket weaving, she is able to join the group, however, the more experienced ladies do also teach new recruits.

TVuche Vuche 1heir materials are harvested from the bush around the nearby village of Satau and all dyes used are natural. By collecting these reeds it helps the growth of the plant, making it sustainable for the environment. It can take anywhere from three days to a month to create the baskets.

At the moment, the ladies’ only market is self-drives who visit Chobe National Park or people who know about the group.  They are hoping to expand this with the building of their craft shop and by selling their wares through African Bush Camps.   

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