Sinamandla

Sinamandla's misison is to assist, capacitate and support local organisations to promote self-reliance as a central concept within development networks and practices in local communities. Sinamandla's vision is socially and economically empowered women within households made vulnerable by poverty, the impact of HIV and AIDS, gender inequalities and other societal injustices.
Jun 11, 2015

Women care for children through Self-help groups

Siyahlomula Creche started and run by SHGs
Siyahlomula Creche started and run by SHGs

All Self-help groups (SHGs) are encouraged to include a social project in their annual action plan that benefits their households and the wider community, especially children. Siyahlomula Crèche in Swayimani, KZN, is a good example of a social project started by SHG members in their community. It was established by the Sizanani Cluster Level Association (CLA) in April 2012 and today it has over 20 children. The crèche was partly started to assist young school-going mothers to have a safe place to look after their infants as they needed to return to school to complete their education.

Mam’ Khumalo*, a Sizanani CLA representative, says that the rest of the community are very supportive towards the running of this crèche. Two SHG members run the crèche which is open to children of SHG members and also the wider community. Parents make a contribution of between R30 - R50 per month per child for food and meeting running expenses of the crèche.

Mam’ Ngubane*, 66 years, is a member of S’thembokuhle SHG, formed in June 2014 by Thandanani Children’s Fund at Willowfontein, KZN. She used to work as a preschool teacher for eight years before she joined her SHG but lost her job due to ill health. She was approached by parents in her area to assist them with their children and so she started a pre-school in her home with three children and this number grew to 15. The parents pay R100/month per child.

She shares that being in her group has really helped with her preschool as she now can borrow a loan from her group if needed for extra food costs or to replace broken toys. She says “I am hoping that one day with loans from my group I will be able to build a separate structure for my preschool.”

In 2015, more than 18 000 women around South Africa are now active in more than 1 300 SHGs; they have initiated almost 2 000 social projects within their communities. Many thanks for your interest in and support of women in SHGs. Sinamandla continues to work towards reaching its fundraising targets on GlobalGiving so please consider making a donation in 2015 in order to help Sinamandla promote the SHG project around South Africa and welcome in more vulnerable women in poor communities to new SHGs in the months ahead.

Sinamandla sends out a monthly E-newsletter, which you can subscribe to via the Sinamandla website and read more stories of SHG women. Please also do like us on Facebook at sinamandlaselfhelpgroup which is updated weekly. Our SHG project book, “Moving ourselves out of poverty”, is available for $30.00 including postage – to order email info@sinamandla.org.za

 * denotes not her real name.

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Mam' Ngubane* runs her creche from home
Mar 16, 2015

We solved our water problem!

Siyathuthuka SHG members solved the water problem
Siyathuthuka SHG members solved the water problem

Siyathuthuka Self-help Group (SHG) was formed in November 2011 in Bergville’s Emaswazini village, KZN, with 16 members by USIZO, a Sinamandla partner. During 2014 the SHG members discussed in their group about the lack of clean drinking water in their community. For years they have not had access to the amount of water that they needed and this had affected the quality of life in their households, the health of their livestock and also their ability to grow vegetables. Their only source of getting drinking water is queuing with their buckets or containers by the side of the road for the municipal water tank vehicle which comes on specified days to their village.

 The Siyathuthuka members came up with a solution to assist themselves to get enough clean water that will last each household for longer periods. The decision was taken that each SHG member would get access to an extra R500 loan from the group so that they could purchase larger barrels/drums or a JoJo tank to store the amount of water they needed. To date eight of the sixteen Siyathuthuka SHG members have received a total of R4 000 towards this venture and as soon a loan is repaid by one member that amount goes to another member so that everyone in the group has had their turn.

 The SHG members say that this is one example of how being in an SHG has contributed positively toward making a difference in their lives and in their households. Other benefits mentioned include meeting the education needs of their children, starting small income-generating activities, and renovating or extending their homes.

 Many thanks for your interest and support. Sinamandla continues to work towards reaching its fundraising targets on GlobalGiving so please consider making a donation in 2015 in order to help Sinamandla promote the SHG project around South Africa and welcome in more vulnerable women in poor communities to new SHGs in the months ahead.

 Sinamandla sends out a monthly E-newsletter, which you can subscribe to via the Sinamandla website and read more stories of SHG women. Please also do like us on Facebook at sinamandlaselfhelpgroup which is updated weekly. Our SHG project book, “Moving ourselves out of poverty”, is available for $30.00 including postage – to order email info@sinamandla.org.za

I now have safe drinking water for my family
I now have safe drinking water for my family
Dec 15, 2014

Moving ourselves out of poverty

Moving ourselves out of poverty - just released
Moving ourselves out of poverty - just released

Exciting news for Sinamandla is that the first ever book on the Self-Help Group (SHG) project in South Africa was printed in November and is available for purchase. Moving Ourselves out of Poverty reflects the good news of the SHG project and how it benefit thousands of women and their households. The book contains 200 stunning full colour photographs and dozens of stories and quotes from SHG members.

Please support Sinamandla by purchasing a copy for yourself or for a friend as a Christmas gift. The cost of the book is $30 which includes delivery to anywhere in the world - to order your copy email info@sinamandla.org.za

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