Martha Musonza Holman Founder Love Zimbabwe Fair Trade Company #ZimBabes

Founder of Love Zimbabwe charity 1137434 and Love Zimbabwe Fair Trade company. Martha has reached over 300 Welsh schools teaching Fairtrade. She is the only resident Fairtrade producer who has helped set up 15 workers’ co-operatives in Zimbabwe. A very ethically minded person who educates communities about Fair trade and sustainable living.

Martha left Zimbabwe in January 2001.
• Left two sons behind and settled in Carmarthenshire.
• Started volunteering in schools and community organizations as a Fairtrade Speaker.
• Set up a community interest company encouraging women in Zimbabwe to work and earn sustainable incomes and fair wages for their products.
• Has established global markets in the UK.
• Has set up a community interest company recognized by the British Association of Fairtrade Shops and Suppliers (BAFTS).
• Has done festivals such as the Small Nations, Blue Rock, The Green man, Glastonbury, Womad and Zimbabwean Music festival in Seattle, USA.
• Has been to Pakistan and Czech Republic as an Active citizen of Wales.
• Was nominated on Jeremy Vine’s show BBC Radio 2 in 2013 as one of the 5women in the UK who have made great footprints in their countries of origin.
• In 2013, Love Zimbabwe won the Glastonbury Green Traders Award.
• Has been part of Climate change campaigns.
• Participated at Oxfam’s Climate Hearings which provided a platform for the voices of those most affected by climate change to be heard, and for their stories to be told.
• Went to Copenhagen for the UN Summit on climate change.
• Registered Love Zimbabwe in 2010 Wales as a charity which operates both in Wales and Zimbabwe.
• Registered Love Zimbabwe Trust in 2016 which works within Zimbabwean Government structures.
Mission Statement: – “To improve quality of life of disadvantaged communities in Zimbabwe through health, education and poverty reduction interventions and fostering sustainable global education in Wales”.
• set up Chinamhora Community Centre –Community Hub and Model of Sustainability
This offers a place where people of all ages meet and share ideas and life skills. The workshop was built in December 2012. The community especially mothers of disabled children and arts and crafts producers use the Centre as a regular meeting place where they work on producing beautiful batiks, beaded animals and other products which are sold in the UK to help them earn sustainable incomes
• Community Centre is a model of sustainability and endeavors to be almost entirely self sufficient with power, food and water. A clean, efficient and cool space for preparing and cooking food as well as storing cooking equipment and supplies.
Community Centre has huts which accommodate visitors during cultural exchange trips.
Permaculture garden was established in 2012 primarily to encourage the use of traditional and organic way of farming.
Chinamhora Community Centre Library- introduced library construction in January 2010 with visiting students from Lampeter University.
The Cultural Exchange Program- introduced this in 2015
• The program promotes tolerance to cultural diversity regardless of race, color, political ideologies, social standings, religion or beliefs. • Awarded special recognition for her contribution to livelihoods and Fair Trade within the Wales Africa sector over many years by the Welsh Government’s Wales for Africa team in 2013.
• Has currently enrolled to study at Newport University MA (SEN)-Masters in special education.
• Has received a prestigious award in the category of Social &Humanitarian supported by Ethnic Minorities Welsh Women Achievement Awards.

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