“Zuvva (which means Sun in Shona) was created by Zimbabwean designer Joyce Nyasha Chimanye in 1994. Joyce Nyasha Chimanye studied at the Southern African Academy of Clothing Technology in Cape Town, South Africa, worked for 3 leading garment manufacturers in Harare before branching out on her own.
Fashion is not Joyce’s only passion. In 2002, Joyce co- founded an HIV orphanage program called Vana Vedu Foundation. Vana Vedu is involved in the provision of food, school fees and uniforms, stationary, counselling, health care and accommodation for HIV orphans and neglected children in the high density township of Pfupajena in Chegutu. The town of Chegutu is situated 104km from Harare.
Vana Vedu has recently acquired 2, 7 hectares of land and is looking into the construction of an orphanage in Chegutu, as well as the start up of income generating projects for the sustainability of the program.
Joyce is married to Edwin Chimanye, who is involved in textiles and was the former CEO of David Whitehead Textiles;theyhave 2 sons Tapiwa and Munyaradzi.”
Photocredit: Simon Deiner/SDR Photo