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.
Nov 24, 2015

Breaking the cycle of rural poverty

Women are encouraged to start a backyard garden
Women are encouraged to start a backyard garden

Recently Sinamandla celebrated World Food Day and in 2015 the theme was “Social protection and agriculture: breaking the cycle of rural poverty”. This is what the Self-help group (SHG) project aims to do - assist women to move their household out of poverty and break their dependence on social grants. Women in SHGs are encouraged to start a back-yard garden at home to grow healthy vegetables for their family to eat - and some SHG members have larger vegetable gardens to grow vegetables as a means of income-generation.

 Improving the quantity of meals and the quality of food is critical to the improved nutrition of all household members. Sinamandla partners, such as Zimele based in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, have linked an agriculture programme in with their SHG project in order to provide technical support and assistance with access to market for their SHG farmers.

During 2015 Sinamandla has impacted over 17 000 women in around 1 300 SHGs around South Africa through it’s partners. More than 113 000 children and adults living in the households of these SHG members are slowly moving out of poverty, which includes improved food security in their homes.

Many thanks for your interest and support during 2015. Sinamandla continues to work towards reaching its fundraising targets please don’t forget that GlobalGiving will be running their 8th Recurring Match Campaign from December 1 through December 31 2015. A generous anonymous donor has agreed to match 100% of new monthly recurring donations For example, if you set up a new $25 monthly recurring donation (for at least 3 months), GlobalGiving will donate a one-time additional $25 to Sinamandla. This offer starts next week on #GivingTuesday, 1st December.

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 or follow us on Twitter @sinamandlashg. Our SHG book, “Moving ourselves out of poverty”, is available for $30.00 including postage – to order directly from Sinamandla email info@sinamandla.org.za.

An SHG grows & sells veggies for income-generation
An SHG grows & sells veggies for income-generation
Aug 26, 2015

Generating income together as a Self-help group (SHG)

Yibanathi SHG members making bricks together
Yibanathi SHG members making bricks together

In the Self-help group (SHG) project, Sinamandla capacitate, encourage and support women to start an income-generating activity that provides a monthly income for their household. Usually women do this as individuals but there are various examples of where this takes place successfully as a group income-generating activity.

Yibanathi SHG in KwaNxamalala, KZN, was formed in November 2012 with 20 members by Umvoti Aids Centre, a Sinamandla partner. Previously the group members had embarked on a housing initiative which included making bricks for members that wanted to build or improve their own houses. Recently this initiative turned into a group income-generation activity when the group secured a very large order of bricks from a local business man who is in the construction business. The man saw the group making bricks one day and he proposed that they could sell him bricks instead of him buying from suppliers outside of their community. They then negotiated to initially make 20 000 cement bricks, at R6.00/$0.50 per brick, to supply to his construction of community halls around their area within the next year.

The group used some of their own group funds and also took a loan of R2500 from Sakhisizwe Cluster, of which they are a member, and purchased bags of cement and sand. They divided members into four groups of five that each work one shift per day and each member brings their own spade and a bucket of water daily. They manage to make at least 60 bricks daily. The group will make sales of R120 000/$10 000 (excluding expenses) by the time they complete their order and agreed to divide the profit equally between members. To date the group have already delivered over 6 000 bricks of the order.

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 or follow us on Twitter @sinamandlashg. Our SHG book, “Moving ourselves out of poverty”, is available for R200/$30 including postage – to order directly from Sinamandla email info@sinamandla.org.za or purchase it on Takealot.com.

Over 6000 of the 20000 brick order have been made
Over 6000 of the 20000 brick order have been made
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.

Mam
Mam' Ngubane* runs her creche from home
 

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