Zimfest 2014

July 24-27 — University of Puget Sound — Tacoma, WA

Zimfest Marketplace

Come visit the Zimfest 2014 Marketplace and explore the wonderful assortment of African art, clothing, crafts, musical instruments, CDs, and DVDs that are available for purchase. Relax on the broad grassy lawn and enjoy the music from the afternoon stage as you shop for special treasures. The Marketplace also provides an opportunity to learn about and support nonprofit organizations that are working with the people of Zimbabwe. Your purchases from these nonprofits will benefit many lives in Zimbabwe.


We are selling clothing from Zimbabwe and Zambia, featuring own clothing line called HoBa, House of Beauty Africa. We aim to keep African culture moving for the modern woman. Contact: tastew2@gmail.com

Ancient Ways

Ancient Ways sells exquisitely hand carved serpentine sculpture, children's toys, textiles, and jewelry, all crafted by the villagers whom we assist in rural Zimbabwe. We also have collaborative fundraising CDs and T-shirts. We share information about how people here can join with us and our partners to support health, education, building wells, etc., and offering microloans. Info: www.ancientways.org.


Dedicated to the music and people of Zimbabwe, Kutsinhira sells CDs by Zimbabwean musicians, tee shirts from our organization, and African clothing. We also display information about our school and about our philanthropic efforts in Zimbabwe. Info: www.kutsinhira.org.


Mambokadzi Distributors is a nonprofit organization based in Tacoma,WA. It was created in response to the economic crisis in Zimbabwe with the goal to implement various projects to support vulnerable communities to manage the resulting challenges. We sell fabrics, sculptures, jewelry, wooden ornaments, handmade cell phone accessories, and herbal aromatherapy heating packs, all from Zimbabwe and surrounding countries. Contact: mambokadzi@msn.com.


Craig LaFollette will sell marimba mallets, marimbas, and hosho that he has been creating for the Zimbabwean music community since 1999. Info: www.marimbaworks.com.

Mylinda King Hosho and Fredtronics

We sell hosho, gourd mateze, marimba music books, hota, marimba buttons, mallets, and DVDs on how to build your own marimbas. Info: www.home.teleport.com/~marimba/fredtron.htm

Shona Village

We will be selling clothing, jewelry, baskets and CDs. Most of our items are from Zimbabwe with a few from Tanzania and Zambia. Contact: hantubas@gmail.com


Thembanathi, a project of the non-profit Even Ground, supports 170 children, ages 2-5, in rural KwaZulu/Natal, South Africa. These programs work closely with the surrounding communities to fill in gaps created by poverty and HIV/AIDS. We will be selling beaded jewelry and animals; telephone wire baskets and embroidered cards. All items are handmade in income generation projects, with proceeds going to support education for young children. Contact: Helen@thembanathi.org.