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 4, 2012

Women in SHGs build or renovate their own home

The house Hlengiwe built for her family
The house Hlengiwe built for her family

Over the past two years, SHG members in dozens of groups have embarked on housing initiatives instead of waiting for government to build houses promised during election campaigns. The result is that hundreds of women have used SHG loans to build or renovate their home.

Zamani SHG, formed in March 2011 in KZN, has 20 members; after saving for two months the SHG had accumulated R280 from their savings. They thought of ways to grow this money to meet each other’s
developmental needs, and started making and selling grass mats. In the first month they generated R500 profit and decided to continue with their activity until they had generated R1 500 more so that two members could receive     R1000 ($125) each to use as needed. During 2011, 13 members of the group received a R1000 loan.

Hlengiwe, who was the recipient of the first R1 000 in Zamani SHG, shared a government-built house with 14 other family members, including three of her own children. She tells how her membership of Zamani SHG helped her build her own one-room house for her and her children to live in.

“When I first heard of being in a group like ours, I never thought that this R2.00 ($0.25) could help me and my family
to have an additional house. I feel so special knowing that when I told my fellow group members about my housing problem, they came to my rescue. I now have a home - it’s now called the R2.00 house. All I know is that I won’t let
go of being a member of this group, it has done wonders for me and my family!”

Many thanks to all our donors over the past year; we appreciate your support. Sinamandla has not  reached its fundraising targets on GlobalGiving so please would you consider making a donation in 2012 in order to
help Sinamandla assist up to 2 000 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.

Hundreds of SHG members have built or renovated
Hundreds of SHG members have built or renovated
SHG members of Jabulani SHG going to their meeting
SHG members of Jabulani SHG going to their meeting
Jan 24, 2012

SHG members start or improve their small business

Issuing loans at an SHG meeting
Issuing loans at an SHG meeting

Gladys Sekatana is a member of Ithabiseng SHG in Mpumalanga. Gladys had been selling snacks before joining her group; however, she was not making much profit. After joining the group and being trained in income-generation and small business development, she started taking note of the things that would sell well in her community. 

During 2011 she took her first loan of R200 from the group and started adding new items to her stock. Her profits from her expanded business enabled her to buy a big window for her house and add another room in her house. Since then she has taken several more loans and repaid them all. She is now running her business from her home which includes canned fish, cool-drinks, long life milk, sweets and snacks.

Gladys says: “I am now able to pay for my kids’ school needs and can afford to make changes in my house. I am proud of being a member of the group. I have access to loans which help me with my business. My husband is also
supportive and proud of the benefits from the group, especially when he sees money coming into our home
.” 

Hundreds of other women in dozens of SHGs in South Africa have started or improved their own small business or
income-generating activity, just like Gladys, during 2011 due to the assistance of Sinamandla and its partners in local communities.

Many thanks to all our donors over 2011; we appreciate your support. Sinamandla has not reached its fundraising targets on GlobalGiving so please would you consider making another donation in 2012 in order to help Sinamandla assist up to 2 000 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.

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Sep 21, 2011

SHG members solve the problem of safely crossing the river!

Crossing the river near the new bridge being built
Crossing the river near the new bridge being built

Sisonke Cluster Level Association (CLA) was formed in October 2010 and represents a cluster of seven Self-help Groups (SHGs), with over 100 SHG members, located near Stanger in KwaZulu-Natal. The CLA meets monthly
at a local crèche in KwaMaphumulo.  The area is rich in vegetation but some of the basic resources such as clean running water and electricity are just a dream for this community. The community members have to travel long distances to the nearest clinic.

The village is also divided by the wide uMvoti river that snakes through the village. Community members, including school children and teachers, have to cross the river on foot to the other side of the community because there is no bridge. The CLA discussed this issue, amongst others, and decided to select a sub-committee to approach the local councillor. 

The committee met with the councillor, Mr Nalane, in March 2011 and presented the groups’ frustrations about the lack of a clinic in the area and the bridge. Their request for the bridge was referred to the Provincial Minister of Transport, Mr Willis Mchunu, who met with the CLA members and agreed that they will start the process of building the bridge.  After this meeting the surveyors came to the area and the plan was passed. The work on the bridge has since started.

This really motivated the CLA since the community members had lost a lot of their belongings - groceries, cellphones, books and money were often swept away in flowing water while trying to cross the river. This had been an everyday life for years and it became a norm that during rainy seasons there was no school or access to the road or shops.  This recent outcome has also earned the women in the SHGs much respect from the local men and other community members.

The women have used their power in numbers to influence decision-makers in the area and this will benefit the whole community. They look forward to walking across their new bridge in the coming months!

Many thanks to all our donors over the last few months. There is still a long way to go to reach our target, so please would you consider making another donation in 2011 in order to help Sinamandla assist up to 2 000 vulnerable women in poor communities before the end of this year. 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. Do be in touch if you think of ideas as to how Sinamandla can attract wider support.



 

SHG members who influenced the bridge being built
SHG members who influenced the bridge being built

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