WELCOME TO PURE SKILLS ZAMBIA
Pure Skills celebrate the art of upcycling and zero waste marketplaces. We’ll take a twist on the old or infuse some new technology to create unique, functional and sustainable products. We teach skills and we encourage our artists to utilise and grow these skills, set up their own businesses and educate others on the ethos of eco-friendly entrepreneurship and benefits of clean living. This is Pure Skills, providing tools for life!
Pure Skills provides LIFE SKILLS!
You can help now by purchasing products made by the Pure Skills programme! In training, our students create goods for retail to fund the Pure Skills Foundation. This Foundation provides financial sponsorship for the students for future learning at their choice of higher education. When you make a purchase 100% of the profit of sales go to the Pure Skills Foundation. You will instantly transform a life by providing an opportunity to a new student.
Take a look at our upcycled products HERE.
Zambia is a landlocked country in the Sub-Saharan Africa with 14 million people living on less than $1 a day. The country won its independence in 1964 and had the strongest economies in Sub-Saharan Africa.
However, today, 64 % of the population is suffering from poverty. Although Zambia has the world’s 9th richest copper deposits, three out of four people are living in poverty. 40% of the GDP of Zambia is based on copper deposits while 95 % is based on exports.
Pure Skills is located in Livingstone, Zambia – a beautiful and historical town set on the banks of the Zambezi River overlooking the mighty Victoria Falls. Once the capital of Zambia, this small town is now a thriving tourist destination. However – Livingstone has limited training facilities available for the population size and we aim to address this by providing literacy training, a PURE SKILL, entrepreneurial opportunities and ongoing support from our team. Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime!
Government and Local Agency Support
We work hand in hand with Zambian government and local agencies to identify students and bridge the gap between needs and current skills offerings. Our workshops are available and accessible to students of all physical abilities and our welding workshop has two adjustable work benches on the welding side for wheelchair users.
Waste not, want not.
We are passionate about zero waste marketplaces. Through community outreach, clean up days, training programmes and living by example, we aim to resolve Livingstone’s waste management system from the environmentally hazardous open burning and burying routine to teaching environmentally sustainable practice for the home and local businesses. Teaching people alternative ways of reusing waste while generating income is an achievable goal.
Nurtured with care, created with skill.
COMPLETED WELDING COURSES
COMMUNITY PROJECTS LAUNCHED
WHAT WE DO
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Pure Skills has been set up to provide much needed skills training, using recycled and up-cycled materials where possible. With 60% of Zambians living below the poverty line and low employment rates it is vital that individuals are economically uplifted. Skilled individuals are a rarity in Livingstone with limited training facilities available for the population size.
Livingstone’s waste management in the main consists of burning or burying waste. Teaching people alternative ways of reusing waste while generating a much needed income is a win win situation for all.
We are working with many government and local agencies to identify students and bridge the gap between needs and current skills offerings. All of our skills training will be available and accessible to students of all physical abilities and our welding workshop has two adjustable work benches on the welding side for wheel chair users.
UP-CYCLING OF MATERIALS
Our focus is on using materials of waste and recycled materials to create usable items. These items range from candle holders, drinking glasses, bamboo straws, light fixtures and many more.
Through the skills training we provide individuals how they can manufacture goods which in turn will be retailed. The profit from the sale of the goods will fund our Foundation. The Foundation is there to provide sponsorship to facilitate students in their future learning through which ever certified Zambian institution they wish to attend.
Pure Skills is a Foundation that gives many individuals the gateway to education and learning new skills.
The funds generated from product sales are allocated to sponsoring individuals for their future learnings and or skills training in our welding courses.
It takes collaboration across a community
to develop better skills for better lives.
– Jose Angel Gurria
Here are some of our products that we make from up-cycled / recycled materials and our Pure Soaps.
“There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.”
– Annie Leonard, Proponent of Sustainability