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.
May 31, 2013

SHGs initiate egg-laying income-generating project

Egg-citing news from Masime CLA in Eastern Cape
Egg-citing news from Masime CLA in Eastern Cape

The Self-help Group (SHG) Project encourages women to save weekly and loan monthly from their group fund, especially to assist them to start or expand their own small business or income-generating activities. Thousands of
women across five provinces in South Africa are engaged in these activities every month in 2013.

Dozens of SHGs also have their own group income-generating activities; and even some SHG Clusters, called a Cluster level Association (CLA), also initiate and manage larger income-generating activities on behalf of and with many SHGs. Masime CLA, formed by Angus Gillis Foundation (AGF), a Sinamandla partner based in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, launched their egg-laying project about nine months ago. This initiative is made up of 10 SHGs, representing over 150 women - most of the groups have their own group income-generating projects such as a bakery, broiler chicken projects, soap-making and small scale buying and selling, as well as community development initiatives including two ‘Safe Parks’ or non-formal childcare centres.

The aim of the Masime CLA egg-laying project is to support their member SHGs and to provide a source of larger loans for establishing and expanding SHG small businesses. This CLA has secured a weekly order of 150 eggs from the local secondary school and hundreds of their eggs are selling well locally. In recognition of what the CLA had already
achieved, AGF was able to secure funding to contribute towards the costs of training, basic cage materials, feed and the first 100 hens. After 4 months, over R8 000 profit had been made through the project.

In 2013, Sinamandla is working with 11 partnes in 5 provinces within South Africa. Sinamandla is positively impacting almost 7,000 rural women in 450 SHGs and over 40,000 household members are benefitting by having their mother or grandmother as an SHG member. During 2012, partners worked with SHGs who had made over 35,000 loans to their members worth around R6 million.

Many thanks to all our donors, we appreciate your support. Sinamandla continues to work towards reaching its fundraising targets on GlobalGiving so please consider making another donation in 2013 in order to help Sinamandla assist thousands of vulnerable women in poor communities. Please do think of any family member or friend who would be interested in the work of Sinamandla through its Self-help Groups and do forward them our website link.

Eggs are sold locally and supplied to a school
Eggs are sold locally and supplied to a school
Mar 4, 2013

Recognition of the SHG Programme by KZN government

SHG women outside KZN parliament
SHG women outside KZN parliament

Sinamandla, and it’s implementing Self-help Group (SHG) partners, have been trying to work with government departments locally, provincially and nationally over the past decade to show them the effectiveness of the SHG approach to alleviate poverty, especially in rural areas. The Department of Social Development have shown interest at national and provincial levels. However, in 2012, there was great interest and exciting developments in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) from the Office of the Premier after the wife of the Premier visited several SHGs in Swayimani, formed by Zimele, a Sinamandla partner based in Pietermaritzburg.

On 12 December 2012, ten women from the SHG Clusters of the Zimele Programme attended the KZN provincial parliament, by the invitation of the KZN Premier, Dr Zweli Mkhize. The women and Zimele staff were invited for the official announcement of a partnership between the Office of the Premier and Zimele - to expand their SHG Programme to all the eleven Districts of KZN during 2013-14.

This was a huge experience of honour for the rural women and for Zimele. It increased hope and confidence in the women as individuals and their collective efforts to bring change for themselves and their communities. The women who attended parliament say they now feel recognised, more confident and highly motivated to continue their work to confront obstacles in the struggle for better lives for themselves and their families and communities. Zimele and Sinamandla are very excited with this new partnership with the Office of the Premier and look forward to it unfolding.

Many thanks to all our donors, we appreciate your support. Sinamandla continues to work towards reaching its fundraising targets on GlobalGiving so please consider making another donation in 2013 in order to help Sinamandla assist thousands of vulnerable women in poor communities. Please do think of any family member or friend who would be interested in the work of Sinamandla through its Self-help Groups and do forward them our website link.

Nov 28, 2012

SHGs respond to the impact of HIV and AIDS

SHGs initiated home-based care projects
SHGs initiated home-based care projects

Many of the communities where SHGs exist have high rates of HIV and AIDS. During 2011 and 2012, thousands of SHG members received training on HIV and AIDS as they had expressed a desire to learn more so as to be better able to respond to the impact of HIV and AIDS. As a result, not only are the women more knowledgeable about the disease but they now talk openly about how to take care of their lives, their partners and children. Some SHGs and Clusters of groups have also started home-based care and vulnerable children projects.

 Sinothando Cluster, formed in June 2008 by Zimele in Swayimani in KZN, with 6 SHGs as members, started its home-based care initiative because of the numbers of bedridden HIV positive community members that needed care and support. The project takes care of 10 patients at a time, most of whom are breadwinners in their families. The women provide these patients with a sense of hope through their counseling skills. Now due to the women’s care the risk of infection can be reduced and the lives of some household breadwinners prolonged.

 Sizanani CLA, formed in September 2010 by Zimele in Swayimani in KZN, with 8 SHGs as members, initiated a life skills project to help reduce the high levels of teenage pregnancy in their community. The women believe they can achieve this by engaging with children in life-skills trainings and activities relating to the children’s area of interest and talents. The women made home visits to educate mothers/caregivers in vulnerable households on issues of children and HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancy.

 Hlanganani Cluster, formed in July 2010 by USIZO in KZN, with 7 SHGs as members, received HIV training for some of its SHG members which motivated them to go for voluntary testing. Most members went to the clinic and found out their HIV status. This Cluster also made a huge impact on their communities by running HIV awareness and prevention campaigns and informing the other members of their SHGs about HIV. One SHG member explained: ‘We were living as strangers with our neighbors, with not much care for one another and the scourge of illness and AIDS-related deaths in the community exacerbated this isolation. My group assisted in bringing us together, which also gave strength to discussions and initiatives that are helping to address HIV/AIDS in our community.”

 Many thanks to all our donors over the past year, we appreciate your support. Sinamandla continues to work towards reaching its fundraising targets on GlobalGiving so please would you consider making another donation in 2012 or into early 2013 in order to help Sinamandla assist thousands of vulnerable women in poor communities? Please do think of any family member or friend who would be interested in the work of Sinamandla through its Self-help Groups and do forward them our website link.

An SHG lifeskills project for young people
An SHG lifeskills project for young people

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