Zimbabwe & Zambia August 2019

On this next trip we will be creating 3 new sewing groups and distribute reusable menstruation kits at local rural schools in the surrounding areas.

Donations to Padding Africa go to establishing the sewing groups and creating a first batch of menstrual kits to be distributed in rural schools in surrounding areas.


Fly into Harare and drive, with a jeep, to collect 3 women from our ambassador sewing group The Numwa Mothers Sewing Group at Imire Rhino Conservancy to continue onto Zambia, Lusaka, where we will be buying sewing machines and material to take up to the farm where we will be teaching our first group in Mpongwe which is close to the border with Congo.

After training is finished in Mpongwe, we will then travel down to Kafue National Park where, in collaboration with Mu-Fungata Safari Camp, we will distribute reusable sanitary pads in the surrounding village. We will then drive down to the Zambezi Valley to a safari camp called Tamarind Safari Camp where we will teach another group of women how to create the reusable sanitary pads in the Bbakasa/Namoomba community in collaboration with ProjectsNow.

Last stop is Livingstone, a big town on the border with Zimbabwe at the Victoria Falls, where in collaboration with African Impact, we will set up our last sewing group of this trip.

We hope to set the basis to what can be an ever-expanding craft, from sanitary pads to clothing or school uniforms, to be sold to friends, markets and shops.

A last drive will take us back to Imire taking the Numwa women home after our long adventure.
Tanya will then fly to Johannesburg where she’ll travel to Mozambique to set up the next trip to continue setting up sewing groups and volunteer programs in collaboration with Icorp Anti-poaching unit.