Residents of Hatcliffe Extension in Harare display their handmade goods.
Fabric of hope
The residents of Hatcliffe Extension in Harare create tie-dyed and batiked clothing in rich jewel tones and craft shoes and other leather goods. As they do, they begin to restore their livelihoods and move away from dependence on international aid organizations.
In 2008, the American Friends Service Committee began to work with Silveira House, Zimbabwe Women’s Bureau, and other non-governmental organizations to improve the living standard of 1,200 vulnerable households in the Hatcliffe Extension area.
Nelson Mandela once said: “I dream of an Africa which is at peace with itself” We at AFSC dream the same dream and along with the people of Somalia, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Zimbabwe are working to make this dream a reality.
Maria, who lost a leg to a landmine, sought out a way to be self-sufficient working with AFSC in Manica, Mozambique. She started by baking bread over an open fire, then got an investment to build a stove, then a bakery, then who made a tea room and shop. She now has dreams of a vehicle to deliver breads to the neighboring community.
AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more
Where we work
AFSC has office around the world. To see a complete list see the Where We Work page.