RE:13 Sew Up, Start Up!
My name is Natalie Freeman and I run a social enterprise called RE:13 Global, an organisation that delivers enterprise and creative skills training to marginalised women and girls in rural communities in Zimbabwe, providing practical help and resources to facilitate their business start-ups. RE:13 is based on the principles of recycle, refresh and renew, utilising recycled materials and fabric offcuts to create new items for him, her and home.
Having completed our pilot project in Chipinge in February 2018, we have learned so much about the needs of the communities we are working with and have come to ask for donations to help us secure the resources they need to make real change.
We are raising funds to secure sewing machines, training venues, start-up handbooks and other project costs, all of which will go towards supporting participants to design, create and market their handmade products. Alongside the delivery of practical skills, RE:13 pay a fair price for items produced by our new business partners, as well as supporting them to be ready for trading in new markets.
Sewing machines will be continually available to participants as we will develop creative hubs that will include access to the sewing machines for those who will taking their sewing businesses forward. The aim is sustainability and ongoing access to resources that support the creation of the entrepreneurs we will discover as part of our project.
We work in partnership with a Zimbabwean NGO, F.A.C.T. who exist to support those affected by HIV and AIDS, through health, education and economic strengthening activities, which is where we align. Our participants are from marginalised, rural communities who will benefit from the project as it gives them the chance to start and maintain small businesses that will provide an income for individuals, and by extension their families and communities.
We are returning to Zimbabwe in June 2018 for the second cycle of our project and will need to secure the funds by the end of May 2018.
Every donation is welcome and very gratefully received. Please share this campaign with your friends, family and colleagues.
Tatenda! Ngiyabonga and thank you!
Thank you to all who have donated, shared and supported the campaign to help me raise funds to provide resources for our participants on our sewing skills and business start-up training project in Zimbabwe.
As I get ready to depart London to work on the second cycle of the project (I leave on the 7th June) I'd like to ask for a massive effort to help us reach our target. We're so close!
Your generous donations will assist 13 Rhythms to provide enterprise handbooks, access to sewing machines, learning resources and sewing accessories which means that we can assist our participants create their own small businesses making clothing, accessories and home interior items from recycled fabrics, upcycled materials and fabric offcuts - theory AND pratice...!
My friend and colleague Chiedza outlines how this project practically supports the women and makes a positive difference to their social and economic environment.
Thank you all in advance! Let's go!
To help push us closer still I'm having a fundraising event on Bank Holiday Sunday, Upstairs at the Ritzy in Brixton. We'll have live comedy from our friend Darran Griffiths, fun, games, music, karaoke and a chance for you to hear more about our project and the work we have done and will be doing...Hopefully you can join us there!
Thanks again for the support.
Tickets and info about the event here:
Today I'm sharing the hashtag #RE13Give13 and continuing to ask for your help. The money that we are raising is all about purchasing sewing machines and other project essentials that will be used by our project participants in rural communities in Zimbabwe as they learn the skills to start and run their busine
But we wanted to have some fun with it too, so as part of the RE:13Give13 we're asking for your donations to use the number 1 or 3 in some way - £1, £3, £11, £13, £33, £113, £13,000 - cheeky I know! - all amounts are very welcome and all gratefully received!
Big thanks in advance for those who have already supported, shared and sent their well wishes for the RE:13 enterprise skills project and our continuing work with rural women and girls in Zimbabwe. It is an honour and a pleasure to have your support as I and my volunteers share our skills, knowledge and passion for creativity and enterprise with women and girls that have the energy and drive to work with us to create positive change in their lives through starting and building businesses with yours and our help.
I look forward to seeing your creative numbers in our donations and a huge, big, massive thank you again!