RIVER FUND HIV/AIDS FAMILY SUPPORT ASSOCIATION, KITGUM.
Project Name: LIVELIHOOD SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS (PLWAs).
Project Area: KITGUM DISTRICT, KITGUM TOWN COUNCIL, AMIDA, LATANYA SUB-COUNTIES.
REPORT ON ACTIVITIES THIS QUARTER.
Support of groups in VSLA (Village Saving and Loan Association) component.
The VSLA Component :
Members formed self-selected economic groups and manage them by setting own rules and regulations using theframework of the component guidelines. However, in these groups, the beneficiaries have all been identified and supported earlier with goats.
The groups have a management committee of 7 members selected by the group.
Transactions for savings, loans and emergency/insurance are carried out on a weekly basis.
All group transactions are witnessed by all the members during the meeting.
Benefits of the VSLA component:
Activities carried out:
Sharing out of the goats by groups:In two (2) groups from Pongdwongo and Alango parishes which received the goats in 2011, they have nowshared the goats among the members since the numbers have multiplied. Each member received a goat and in another (Pongdwongo Parish), they have more than the number of the members which excess are being kept by the chairperson awaiting delivery sine two of the goats are expecting to deliver soon.
Our major challenge has been means of transport. We hire motorcycles to take staff to the field for group supervision and monitoring which is quite costly for the Association’s meager resource.
The Association is currently looking for another office space as the one being occupied is now taken by theschool in which the Association had been offered space.
CONCLUSIONS: River Fund HIV/AIDS Family Support Association would like to thank all its supporters; Global Giving andthe team, JAYA Canterbury-Counts and all who have endeavored and continued to support those in need. With the support,10 groups have so far received goats, 5 groups of the 10 received VSLA activities kits, and more attention is focusing on the children and households affected by the ‘mysterious’ Nodding Disease inthe districts of Northern Uganda.
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