Z.A.ZEN export agency began the belief that people around the world would appreciate the cultural significance and beauty of hand-crafted Southern African products.
All Z.A.ZEN represented goods are made by hand and have undergone quality checks and requirements. Producers are interviewed and production sites evaluated to ensure that products are made under Fair Trade practices. Z.A.ZEN selects products that benefit development groups or individuals, and assist in providing income to those who do not have easy access to outside markets.
Z.A.ZEN provides a comprehensive catalogue for customers in Japan and selected corporate clients. For local sales of products or for other countries, please contact each supplier directly.
Z.A.ZEN QUALITY MARK
The Z.A.ZEN Quality Mark is our indication that everything we do, be it services or export products that everything is done with an eye to quality. All export products have undergone inspection and meets the Z.A.ZEN quality standards for export.
Z.A.ZEN MADE BY HAND MARK
The Z.A.ZEN 'Made by Hand in South Africa' mark indicates the hand made nature of the product. Products made by hand are special and imbued with the essence of those who make them. They also contribute to creating jobs, as hand-made products are more labour-intensive.
Z.A.ZEN ALL NATURAL PRODUCTS MARK
The Z.A.ZEN 'All Natural Products' mark indicates that this product is made with environmental materials from local grasses, twigs or fibres, or products of natural fibres, or is of recycled materials. Z.A.ZEN is committed to preserving the environment by ensuring products are selected that contribute to environmental awareness.
PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN MARK
The Proudly South African mark is the emblem of a national campaign led by the South African government. This official mark indicates that the product content, product quality, production capabilities, labour practices and environmental practices meet certain standards as described by government.
HIV/AIDS AWARENESS MARK
With HIV/AIDS affecting the lives of one out of every five adults in southern Africa, it is a serious issue in Africa. A number of craft initiatives started as HIV/AIDS counselling and support organisations. It was found that craft allows people affected by HIV/AIDS to learn new skills and generate income, which is critical to their well-being.