IzandlaZethu

african jewellery . . . handmade in South Africa

Announcement    izandla zethu means in the isiXhosa language: our hands.

Our hands are made to move and create things.

"This thought has inspired me to create a project that gives young people the opportunity to learn crafting skills and thus make their own living."

As the main material we use corrugated iron, which residents in South Africa's townships often use to build their huts. We shape and work with the corrugated iron, which basically symbolizes the poverty in these places and turn it into wonderful pieces of jewellery.

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Last updated on Aug 11, 2021

izandla zethu means in the isiXhosa language: our hands.

Our hands are made to move and create things.

"This thought has inspired me to create a project that gives young people the opportunity to learn crafting skills and thus make their own living."

As the main material we use corrugated iron, which residents in South Africa's townships often use to build their huts. We shape and work with the corrugated iron, which basically symbolizes the poverty in these places and turn it into wonderful pieces of jewellery.

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(28)
  • Lea on Oct 4, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    I bought the Keyring for my mom who is a huge south africa fan. I put it in her advent calendar and she absolutely loved it. She put it in a frame because she loves it so much and doesn‘t want to break it :)

  • Martina U. on Dec 25, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Sehr schöner Schmuck, schneller Versand und tolles Projekt

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  • Doris on Jun 12, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Meine Erwartungen wurden noch übertroffen! Sowohl die Kette als auch die Ohrringe NELLY sind einfach zauberhaft! Eigentlich bin ich keine Schmuckträgerin, aber mit diesem Schmuck zeige ich mich gerne - und die Tatsache mit dem Kauf ein tolles Projekt in Südafrika unterstützen zu können, macht das Vergnügen noch größer 😍😊!
    Herzlichen Dank!

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  • Doris on Jun 12, 2021

    5 out of 5 stars

    Meine Erwartungen wurden noch übertroffen! Sowohl die Ohrringe als auch die Kette NELLY sind einfach zauberhaft! Eigentlich bin ich keine Schmuckträgerin, aber mit diesem Schmuck zeige ich mich gerne - und die Tatsache mit dem Kauf ein tolles Projekt in Südafrika unterstützen zu können, macht das Vergnügen noch größer 😍😊!
    Herzlichen Dank!

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  • Barbara on Dec 26, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Wurde als Weihnachtsgeschenk gekauft. Die Kette ist sehr schön und war sehr liebevoll verpackt! Absolut zu empfehlen :)

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  • Allegra on Dec 21, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    wunderschöne Kette. Wird verschenkt. Freu mich schon.

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  • Petra on Dec 18, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Der Reif ist etwas ganz besonderes und hat eine schöne Breite. Herrlich! Weiter alles Gute für die jungen Leute.

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  • Petra on Dec 18, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Immer eine Freude, wenn das Päckchen von Izandla Zethu kommt. Ich bin begeistert!

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  • Sandra on Dec 14, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Ware wurde sehr schnell verschickt und sehr liebevoll verpackt. Die Kette ist super schön und einzigartig. Gleichzeitig unterstüzt man mit dem Kauf auch noch ein tolles Projekt in Südafrika - absolut empfehlenswert!

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  • Petra on Dec 11, 2020

    5 out of 5 stars

    Einmal verschenkt und einmal für mich selbst gekauft. Wunderbare Stücke, die wirklich Aufmerksamkeit hervorrufen. Bitte an die jungen Leute: carrie on!!!!

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About IzandlaZethu

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IZANDLA ZETHU african jewellery ∙ a non profit organization in South Africa, sharing holistic skills & giving working opportunities to young people

The Idea:
'izandla zethu' means in the isiXhosa language: 'our hands'.
​Our hands are made to move and create things.
This thought has inspired me to start a project that gives out-of-school youth in Walmer Township, Port Elizabeth, South Africa the opportunity to learn crafting skills and thus, help them to make their own living by using their skills.

The Project:
Together with masifunde | CHANGEMAKER ACADEMY, we realised that vision by building up a wonderful team and trained them in creating jewels out of corrugated iron...
Following our guiding principle 'reducing, reusing and recycling' materials, we work with material which is often being used by the residents of the township to build their huts.
So, it's already there... and - instead of throwing it away - we create ethical fashion... in one of the most sustainable ways.

The NonProfit Approach:
'izandla zethu - african jewellery' is a non profit project and thus help for self-help. Your purchase of izandla zethu jewellery helps to combat youth unemployment in South Africa because all sales turnover flows 100% to South Africa into the project.

The Vision:
The Crafts Education Academy . . .
If our idea continues to be so well received, we dream today of building a training center, where we also transfer other craft and entrepreneurial skills, providing interested youth a springboard into the world of work . . .
But until then there is still a lot to do . . . : )

- Michaela Römer

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  • Michaela

    Owner, Idea Giver, Sponsor

    "izandla zethu african jewellery was set up by me as a private person - supported by masifunde LEARNER DEVELOPMENT - as an idea giver and sponsor I act purely as a volunteer in this pro bono project."

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