About Zimame Trading Co
Zimame Trading Co is the UK and Ireland wholesale distributor for companies from Southern Africa who produce high quality, handmade goods. In 2011 Zimame Trading Co took on the wholesale side of Injabulo, who will be well known to many of you, and whose ethos we share. Chrissie from Injabulo worked with the producers for a number of years before we took over this side of the business.
The common thread which links the companies we work with is their focus on bringing sustainable employment and a better life for the producers.
Often women are the sole breadwinners for large extended families, so employment brings with it important social and economic empowerment, and better prospects for the next generation in their care.
The brief descriptions on our home page give a flavour of how employment is helping the women and their families in each company.
We are eager to support these ladies and their communites by bringing their beautiful products to you and your customers.
In the longer term, we hope to increase the range we offer through personal links in Swaziland and Rwanda, as well as sourcing additional products that will sit well with the range we already have.
We try to consider how we can support our retail customers, and have produced a flyer which can be placed alongside your button display. If wev'e not sent any, and you would like some, please ask.
We have been asked a few times for a catalogue, and in the early days tried producing one on dvd.. Unfortunately this isn't something we are currently able to offer as the time taken to keep it up to date is prohibitive.
Feedback and ideas are always welcomed.
Some of our customers use our products in their own creations - if you would like some of your work displayed in our 'gallery' page, please let us know.
We endeavour to be environmentally friendly at our end, and with the current focus on plastic would like to assure our customers that all our plastic packaging materials ie bubble wrap and air pockets are re-used. We have a number of sources who pass these onto us, rather than throw them away!!
There are a number of ways in which the button cards can be re-used, and of course the beauty of the buttons themselves is that they lend themselves to being re-purposed too!
The team behind Zimame Trading Co
Zimame Trading Co is a family business run by Jerry and Jillian Morris, who, until recently lived on the edge of Dartmoor, near Tavistock in Devon. The move to Plymouth means easier acess to a post office which is great!
As way of introduction:
Jerry has run his own carpentry and building business for over 30 years - now specialising in garden studios, and other bespoke carpentry work - as well as renovating our own home.
As he is scales down his business he hopes to be more able to be involved with the day to day running of Zimame.
Jillian continues to also work as a textile artist, occassionally running workshops in weaving and dyeing, and attending craft fairs. In 2017 she was one of the makers at the award winning Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey in Devon.
She is a founder member of the Peter Tavy Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, and was a member of the former Textile Forum Southwest participating in their final event -Mapping the Future Exhibition in 2012, with work based around the slave trade/ fairtrade themes.
She's also a member of Drawn to the Valley - a local group of artists, based in and around the Tamar Valley - an area of outstanding natural beauty - who hold annual open studios events and exhibitions..
For these reasons she tries to spend time in the office first thing in the morning, and again in the early evening, but the rest of the day is spent doing a variety of activities. For that reason, email communication often works best.
They have 3 grown-up daughters who have all helped with the business at some point. and 6 fantastic grand-children currently aging in range from 13 years, to 2 toddlers/ babies.. As a family, and through their church [Kings, Tavistock] they have links in South Africa/Swaziland, and central Africa - Rwanda in particular. These links are part of the reason for the decision to take on the wholesale side of Injabulo.