In 2017 Metiya started Kwimbo, a social enterprise to support Zambian women through grassroots organizations. She worked directly with Zambian women to design Chitenge print wear and accessories that were sold and advertised on metiyachique.com.
Through this experience, Metiya developed a relationship with these organizations as well as with the community of disadvantaged women in Zambia. In 2018 she visited these women in Lusaka, delivering profits from the sales, as well as hearing first-hand about the struggles they faced in not having the means to access health, education, a safe refuge, financial support, children’s supplies, sanitary care, and other basic human needs. Several women were left vulnerable from being orphaned, widowed, abused, abandoned, neglected, or chastised for their disabilities or life choices.
The few funds raised by chitenge sales went far in providing food, paying electricity and water bills, buying children’s school uniforms, and supporting the womens’ families in other ways.
Moved by this visit, Metiya officially registered Kwimbo as a charity with the Patent and Companies Registration Agency (PACRA) in Lusaka to continue to support vulnerable women and to give an opportunity to anyone who else who wishes to lend their support.
“I believe that we have all been called as stewards of the world we inhabit. No matter how small we are to the world, we have power and strength in God’s eyes to make a change. And it starts with you and me” – Metiya
“Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.”
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Kwimbo also works to provide Education opportunities for Zambian youth through Brighter Futures Africa. To read more about our work visit Brighter Futures Africa. For Corporate Partnerships email firstname.lastname@example.org