This project inspires vulnerable women from low-income households to help themselves, and their children, by using their own resources and own initiatives to do things they thought were not possible.
Millions of rural women in South Africa are trapped in poverty with little access to resources and information, living in a patriarchal tradition that places a lower value on their contribution within the household and often does not allow them to participate in everyday decision-making or make broader life choices. The impact of the AIDS pandemic over the last decade has greatly exacerbated the burden of poverty that women and their families face. Many women are vulnerable with no support.
We organise poor and vulnerable women into groups that provides care and support, builds their capacity to manage own resources, expands their options for sustainable livelihoods and enables them to actively participate in developing their community.
The Self-help group project will empower 2000 women socially and economically resulting in 5500 children being cared and provided for, and dozens of communty projects being initiated that assist sick community members and vulnerable children.
My worries about food used to start around 3 pm when it was time to cook for supper and I did not know what I could cook as there was no food. This is now a thing of the past since I joined my SHG. - Mrs Mkhize, Self-help Group (SHG) member
Total Funding Received to Date: $7,538
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $72,462
Total Funding Goal: $80,000
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).