The Malambo Women’s Group is a member-run co-operative of about 33 core women who sew appliqués by hand and machine-stitch them into products made from organic, locally obtained materials.
The Malambo Women’s Group was formed in 1991 as a response to the 1991/92 Southern African drought but has grown today to provide support and income to women throughout the region.
In 1999, the Women’s Group applied for and received funding from the Netherlands Government to build a training centre. The Malambo Women’s Centre opened February 2, 2002 on The Moorings farm, Monze, Southern Province.
The Malambo textiles are now sold at a monthly artisan’s market in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city. Their work is also sold in Europe and North America.
Each member of the Malambo Group supports her own family with the money she makes from sewing. Some of the members sub-contract sewing to other women in the village, who in turn use the money to support their own families. This means that the Malambo Group generates income for over a hundred villagers.
All the women who participate are affected by HIV/AIDs – either sick, living and caring for sick people or supporting orphans.
The group’s Mission Statement:
The Malambo Centre’s pursuit is of cultural preservation, personal and community development, skills acquisition and economic advancement. Our focus is on women and enhancement of their lifestyles with an understanding of environmental sustainability. Our method is to work through such projects as tree planting, vegetable gardening, nutrition, AIDS education, child-care and environmental courses, as well as grassroots income generating small businesses inspired by the local culture.