Gogo Olive was set up in late 2008 as a response to the huge unemployment problem in Zimbabwe (it currently stands at around 97%). It gathers around 60 women-knitters from four different projects in 3 different areas of Zimbabwe. As well as creating employment for local women the aim of Gogo Olive is to give them hope as they have the opportunity to use their craft skills to build a future for themselves and their families.
Gogo Olive started as a simple vision of a group of women singing and laughing together while creating things with their hands – this vision is fulfilled every time they meet together!
Whilst living in Zimbabwe Julie Hagan kept meeting with ladies who were making beautiful products but with no way of marketing them or knowing what would sell well outside of Zimbabwe. With her knowledge, experience and passion for design and making things with her hands the idea started to form that maybe there was an opportunity to work with some of these ladies.
Since a humble beginnings in November 20008, Gogo Olive has grown from 6 to about 60 ladies.
Gogo Olive has recently developed into 2 sections – Gogo Olive KNITS - the income generating knitting business and Gogo Olive CARES – looking at how we can holistically meet the needs of the ladies.
Gogo Olive Knits recognises the sense of purpose and worth that having employment brings as well as the obvious financial benefits. Being a part of Gogo Olive gives the women the opportunity to provide for themselves and their families and to experience the security and independence that comes with this. And there is a lot of fun along the way!
Gogo Olive Knits:
Gives the women an opportunity to earn a ‘living wage’ and be enabled to become self sufficient.
Creates quality, unique and handmade products under fair trade conditions that enrich the lives of both the producer and the consumer.
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