Zawadi Volume 1

Volume 1 features:
• A Kenyan novelist and SEW volunteer on her family’s experience with HIV
• Free online courses from Columbia University, Stanford and the Red Cross
• DIY headband and facemasks tutorials
• Good news from Tanzania and the region
• Folklore from the women we work with

The story of Zawadi and SEW

“Zawadi” means “gift” in Swahili. We created an online web magazine packed with original tales from Tanzania, editorials about current events, curated online courses and “how-to” videos for those interested in fashion and social enterprise. For a small donation of $5 per volume, you will supply much needed support to at-risk communities during the pandemic.

SEW (Supporting + Empowering Women) or SEW Tanzania, is a social enterprise working in partnership with HIV+ women. We seek to erode discrimination in the workforce. To that end, we demonstrate the resilience, capability and creativity of those living with the virus in Tanzania.

Our main focus is on producing fair trade conference accessories, including bags and document wallets. Our hand-stitched, recycled-plastic products has earned us clients such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the John Monash Foundation, The World Food Program, Westfall Group and Oxfam. We have also been featured in Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2015, Harper's Bazaar and The Guardian Australia.


Supporting and empowering women

COVID-19 has caused unprecedented disruption to our supply chain. In response, we have developed Zawadi as a means to reconnect with the international community. Zawadi is a gift to you and to the women we work with.

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A gift from Tanzania

"Zawadi" means 'gift' in KiSwahili. Each edition is created with our Sewing Mamas. They will share with us authentic stories, recipes, videos and inspiration — delivered to you as a convenient, digital publication.

A gift to our Mamas

Your purchase of Zawadi helps us sustain an ongoing income stream in Tanzania. In return you will get access to unique content about the region and its culture.

Sharing the love

We love getting comments, messages and feedback from readers. You can reach us by emailing or following us on Instagram @sew_tanzania


Where does the money go?

The funds generated from Zawadi support the Sewing Mamas in Tanzania in the form of wage relief, healthcare support and other disbursements connected with operations on the ground and the women's material needs.

Who are the SEW Committee?

The Committee is made up of volunteers based in Melbourne, Australia and London, UK. We are lawyers, management consultants, students and marketing professionals who lend our time and skills to do a bit of good in the world. You can get in touch with us at

How else can I help?

We are also seeking direct donations on GoFundMe in order to acquire much-needed funds for our Mamas in the short-term. You can also subscribe to our mailing list so you receive email updates from us when we share them.

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