About Southern Stitchers
Southern Stitchers provides fiber artists from the Global South with a market for their embroidered products. The store is run by The Advocacy Project (AP), a nonprofit that works with marginalized communities. Over the years we have helped hundreds of women and girls to tell their stories through embroidery. Many have become skilled fiber artists in the process and are now producing embroidery for sale. Our thanks to Humanity United for providing the initial investment.
Tanatswa, 17, lives in Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe. Together with her sister Evelyn, Tanatswa was one of the first to sign up for the 2018 program to empower girls and reduce the level of child marriage run by Women Advocacy Project (WAP). Tanatswa has become an experienced stitcher after making two powerful blocks for the Zimbabwe Child Marriage Quilt and the Zimbabwe COVID Quilt. She is one of the most successful sellers of Clean Girl soap. The money she earns from selling soap takes some of the pressure off Tanatswa’s parents, who were forced to stop trading during the pandemic. Tanatswa is still studying for her O levels but hopes to continue her education and eventually study computer programming at college.