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.
Aug 2, 2016

Promoting the socio-economic rights of women

A Child Support grant is for children under 18 yrs
A Child Support grant is for children under 18 yrs

Recently Sinamandla hosted a workshop to improve awareness of and access to socio-economic rights for SHG members, and their households. The workshop involved members from SHG Clusters from the communities of Swayimane and kwaMthethwa in KwaZulu-Natal province. It is planned that appropriate actions with be carried out by the Clusters, in the coming months, to support the realisation of socio-economic rights of their SHG members.

One key focus of the workshop was understanding how to assist vulnerable households to apply for social grants that they qualify for from the government. A supplement on various topics raised in the workshop will be included in the upcoming issue of UMAZISIZE, the SHG newspaper.

Many thanks for your interest in and support of Sinamandla and its work with women in SHGs. Please do consider a donation to support our work in 2016.

You can subscribe to our monthly E-newsletter via the Sinamandla website, 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.

SHG Clusters will promote socio-economic rights
SHG Clusters will promote socio-economic rights
Jun 15, 2016

The importance of playing with children

Play is important to children
Play is important to children

The second issue of 2016 of UMAZISIZE, Sinamandla's SHG newspaper, recently went out to 12 000 SHG members around KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The aim of the quarterly newspaper is to raise awareness among SHG members on important issues and to share news of what SHG members and their groups are doing around South Africa.

The main theme of this issue was “Playing with Children” - encouraging SHG members to spend more time playing with their children or grandchildren. Play is the way children communicate and this begins right from birth. Play tells us how they are feeling and what they are experiencing. In the first 5 years of life, play is the way little children learn, communicate and explore their world. Play is not just “for fun” but it is essential to the development of the whole child. Through play, children grow physically, socially and emotionally. Dlalanathi, a networking partner of Sinamandla, provided material for the theme from their work with children.

Also in this issue of the newspaper, Sinamandla advertised a new Business Competition to find the SHGs that are best using their savings and loans to assist their members to start or expand a business that is profitable and can provide extra income for their household – first prize of R5,000 ($330) goes to the best SHG selected and the runner-up receives R2,500 ($165).

Many thanks for your interest in and support of Sinamandla and its work with women in SHGs. Please do consider a donation to support our work in 2016.

You can subscribe to our monthly E-newsletter via the Sinamandla website, 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.

Spend more time with your children & grandchildren
Spend more time with your children & grandchildren
May 13, 2016

Helping vulnerable community members access clean drinking water

CLA members carry clean water for the vulnerable
CLA members carry clean water for the vulnerable

In 2016 Sinamandla, through its partners, has almost 1500 Self-help groups (SHGs) with more than 18 000 members around South Africa. Hundreds of these SHGs have been clustered together into Cluster Level Associations (CLAs) with 6-10 SHGs per CLA. Each SHG sends 2-3 members to be group representatives in their CLA. One of the roles of each CLA is to coordinate social and economic projects within the community that SHG members are involved in.

Parts of South Africa are currently experiencing one of the worst droughts in decades, which means that accessing clean drinking water is a daily challenge for many people, especially those who are vulnerable in rural communities. Members of the Khazimula Cluster Level Association (CLA) near Msinga, KZN, recently started a social project to address this issue.

CLA members take turns each week to go out into their community to fetch clean drinking water for the elderly and those who are sick at home - who are not strong enough to walk to fetch their own water. The CLA members also cook meals and bathe them if needed. This is a good example of the positive impact that the SHG project can make within a community on a social level.

Many thanks for your interest in and support of Sinamandla and its work with women in SHGs. Please do consider a donation to support our work in 2016.

 You can subscribe to our monthly E-newsletter via the Sinamandla website, 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

Caring for the elderly and those sick at home
Caring for the elderly and those sick at home
 
   

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