Tibatane

Tibatane is a student-led organization aiming to empower micro-entrepreneurs through a sustainable fashion brand.
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Bernice Jere
Small Business
Salisbury, Maryland
United States
4 Team Members

Tibatane 

OUR STORY


In the summer of 2013, Founder Bernice Jere was invited to a sustainable business conference by a family friend. At the event she met with inspiring entrepreneurs that were using the power of business to make a change in the world. That event led to numerous conversations and thinking about how she could begin to make a difference and sustainably improve the problems in her home country, Zimbabwe. A country that has been undergoing high levels of unemployment and limited economic opportunity.

Growing up surrounded by poverty, while having a fortunate upbringing, Bernice always felt she wanted to do something to sustainably alleviate the poverty around her. Back in college at Salisbury University, in the fall of 2013, Bernice reached out to some college friends and together decided to create some products that they felt could connect to Africa while also enabling other students to help and join the community. The Tibatane fashion brand was born.

Learn more about Tibatane at www.tibatane.org

WHAT we want to do

Tibatane will hire and train unemployed women and young people in Zimbabwe to sew our t-shirts and accessories. They will be paid fair wages and provided education, gardening and business mentorship support that will empower them to get out of poverty. We believe in the dignity of work, and provide a holistic approach to enabling people to permanently rise out of poverty.

For every product purchased, 10% will support specific community development projects in Zimbabwe. We are starting off with two agriculture projects in December 2014.

WHERE your contribution will go

Here is a breakdown of our budget. With your help we will cover our initial production costs here in the US, which requires we meet production minimums. That means $7,000 to hire a contract manufacturer, including patternmaking, sourcing fabric, sewing, packaging, shipping and labels. In addition, we will use $10,000 of the money to set up our Zimbabwe factory including training, getting machines, legal  and set up fees. $3000 will be used for setting up our brand rep program and legal fees,  that’s $20,000 which is why we really need your help.

  • You can SIGN UP for our weekly email updates to stay in the loop!

    Email Bernice Jere: bernice@tibatane.org

  • Share our story on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


  • We will be giving away a Pocket Tee w/ African fabric to one of our Facebook community members at the end of our Indiegogo campaign, so make sure to "like" our Facebook page!

And lastly, visit our new website to see our lookbook & see how to join our community.

[FAQs at the bottom]

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The Rewards!

Logo Tee: S-XL (unisex) (larger sizes available upon request)

 Men's Cross Tee: S-XL


"Men's Cross Tee w/ Mazowe fabric"

Ladies' Cross Tank: XS-XL


"Ladies' Cross Tank w/ Angwa fabric"

Men's  Denim: XS-XL (larger sizes available upon request)


"Men's Denim w/ Mazowe fabric"

Ladies' Denim: XS-XL (larger sizes available upon request)

Men's Bowtie: please specify PRE-TIED or CLASSIC style.


"Bow-tie w/ Mazowe fabric"

Ladies' Headband: one size fits all.


"Headband w/ Limpopo fabric"
"Ladies' Denim w/ Limpopo fabric"


"Headband w/ Mazowe fabric"

Men's Dress Shirt: S-L, white or black (larger sizes available upon request)


"Men's White Dress Shirt w/ Chiredzi fabric"
"Men's Black Dress Shirt w/ Mazowe fabric"


"Men's Black Dress shirt w/ Mazowe fabric"


"Men's White Dress shirt w/ Chiredzi fabric"
"Ladies' Denim w/ Munyati fabric"

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AFRICAN FABRICS

      Mazowe                Angwa                 Munyati            Sebakwe             Zambezi
      Limpopo               Ngezi                  Chiredzi                 Pungwe               Shamva

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FAQs

What does the name Tibatane mean?

--Tibatane means "together" in Shona, one of Zimbabwe's official languages.

How do I pronounce Tibatane?

(tea - but - ahn - ay)

Will buying Tibatane products create jobs?

--Yes! Buying Tibatane products will create jobs for the women in our factory. Additionally, the funds we raise from the clothing line will go toward helping Zimbabwean micro-entrepreneurs start their own sustainable businesses.

How does it work?

--You purchase a Tibatane product and pick the fabric of your choice. We donate 30% to community development projects that help develop micro-entrepreneurs. We commit to two specific projects a year.

Who did your video?

--David Parks of Dew Point Media did all videography and editing.


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$1,520USD
raised in 1 month
10% funded
0 time left
$15,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
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This campaign ended on April 19, 2014
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  • $5USD
    Thank you video and stickers

    + A video thank you e-card from the Tibatane team. We promise to make it especially entertaining! + 5 stickers Please add $3 for International shipping

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  • $15USD
    Name on Website + SKYPE

    Thank you for your contribution! + Your name will be listed on the website as a contributor. + Handwritten thank-you card + 5 Tibatane stickers

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  • $15USD
    International Shipping ADD-ON

    If you would like us to ship OUTSIDE of the US, please add this perk along with your other perks so we can efficiently deliver the products to you!

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  • $25USD
    Handmade Headband OR Bow-tie

    Choice of either a headband or a bow-tie, made with the imported African fabric of your choice. + Handwritten thank-you card + 5 Tibatane stickers. **Shipping outside the US please add $15

    2 out of 200 claimed
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  • $32USD
    Ladies' Cross Tank

    + Ladies' Cross Tank made with the imported African fabric of your choice. + Handwritted thank-you card + 5 stickers **Shipping outside the US please add $15

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  • $35USD
    Men's Cross Tee

    + Men's Cross Tee w/ the African fabric of your choice. OR + Simple cotton pocket t-shirt (NOT PICTURED, but just imaging a regular t-shirt with an African fabric pocket.) + Handwritten thank-you card +5 stickers **Shipping outside the US please add $15

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  • $40USD
    Denim OR Men's Dress shirt

    + Either a Men's or Ladies' Denim long-sleeve shirt w/ your choice of African fabric OR + Men's Dress shirt (either black or white) + Handwritten thank-you note + 5 stickers **Shipping outside the US please add $15

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  • $40USD
    Ladies Denim Shirt

    Ladies' Denim long-sleeve shirt with your choice of African fabric + Handwritten thank-you note + 5 stickers **Shipping outside the US please add $15

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  • $60USD
    The Gentleman Package

    + Men's Denim pocket tee with African fabric of your choice + Bow-tie w/ African fabric matching the shirt (to complement the swag.) + Handwritten thank-you card + 5 stickers **If ordering a CLASSIC (non-clip on) Bow-tie, please include neck measurement in centimeters.** **Shipping outside the US please add $15

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  • $60USD
    The Princess Package

    + Ladies' Denim pocket shirt w/ African fabric of your choice + Headband w/ African fabric matching the shirt (to complement the glam.) + Handwritten thank-you card + 5 stickers

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  • $60USD
    The Gentleman Package

    + Men's Denim pocket shirt w/ fabric of your choice OR + Men's Dress shirt (black or white) w/ fabric of your choice + Bow-tie w/ African fabric matching the shirt (to complement the swag.) + Handwritten thank-you card + 5 stickers **If ordering a CLASSIC (non-clip on) Bow-tie, please include neck measurement in centimeters.** **Shipping outside the US please add $15

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  • $75USD
    The His/Hers Package

    A match made in heaven! You will get: + Two His/Hers denim long-sleeve shirts with matching African fabric + Handwritten thank-you card + 10 Stickers **If ordering a CLASSIC (non-clip on) Bow-tie, please include neck measurement in centimeters.** **Shipping outside the US please add $15

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  • $100USD
    Chatty Cathy

    Want the inside Skype scoop?? Join the movement! +A 30 minute Skype call with one of the Tibatane team members. +One Tibatane Logo t-shirt +Denim Pocket Tee (or Men's Pocket Dress Shirt) +Headband OR Bow-tie **Shipping outside the US please add $15

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  • $300USD
    Custom Tibatane Clothing

    BE THE DESIGNER! You pick the African fabric and the design for ANY article of clothing of your choice and we will make it for you! From blazers, to dresses or even shorts...just let us know and we will make it for you. + Handwritten thank-you card + 20 stickers **Shipping outside the US please add $15

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  • $500USD
    Sponsor's Package

    Thank you for your tremendous support! + We will list your name on our website as a Tibatane sponsor for one full year. + Exclusive Tibatane Membership status--This includes a discount on the clothing products once the store is launched! +2 Tibatane logo shirts +5 stickers +A personal thank you phone call from the Tibatane Team to thank you for your contribution. **Shipping outside the US please add $15

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  • $1,000USD
    Donor's Package

    Tibatane appreciates your investment! You will receive: + 10 Tibatane Pocket Tees OR Cross Tees + 10 Tibatane logo shirts + Handwritten thank-you card + 30 Stickers + We will list you on our website as one of the key donors. + A personal phone call update from the Tibatane Team to thank you for your contribution. **Shipping outside the US please add $15

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  • $2,000USD
    Tibatane Partner Package

    Thank you for your patronage! You will receive EVERYTHING listed in the Donor's package PLUS: + We promise to periodically call you with updates about Tibatane. + 2 custom Tibatane products (you name it, we make it.) + Exclusive Tibatane Membership (which includes discounts and perks). **Shipping outside the US please add $30

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  • $4,000USD
    The AFRICA Package

    ONE ROUNDTRIP TO ZIMBABWE! Partner up with the Tibatane Team as we travel to Zimbabwe in December 2014 to set up our factory, invest in micro-businesses, and work on our first project in Zimbabwe.

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