The look of joy is wonderful on Gogos face!
I am so excited!
It is so wonderful when a plan comes together!
I just want to report that the Self Help Groups that I reported on back in June/July are really taking off. We now have 7groups of approximately 20ladies each, each representing a household. The ladies are dedicated and committed to the process of building their savings and using their savings in a manner that encourages them further.
KTD196 is using the meeting time with the ladies to share various information such as HIV prevention; Covid prevention, training in minute taking, meeting facilitation skills with a wide variety of other content being planned in the future.
It is so exciting, in fact, I am considering opening another project for those who want to support just the SHG (Self Help Groups) on GlobalGiving because we are not fully funded for all of the costs. Costs such as transport for the facilitators, monitoring costs by KTD196, administration costs such as the financial manager time, etc. All necessary parts of the program for it to be effective. What do you think? Or I could send out a call for assistance as a once-off to you all and repeat it annually over the next 5yrs, the length of the program? Do YOU have any suggestions? Currently, you are supporting the Children's Life Skills Project.
The program will eventually be paid for as the groups develop into clusters (20 SHGs combine to form a Cluster) so that sustainability is reached. We just need to reach that level over the next 5yrs.
I just want to add the ladies' comments below so you can see the impact after such a short time. This is so exciting.
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Self-Help Group impact in women who are in the groups
These are the responses from women who are in the Self Help Groups from Myakayaka, Burgersdorp, and Nsolani village after being asked what is the impact of SHG in their lives and do they see any changes after being in the group. Their responses were:
“Self Help Group has assisted me and my family we are no longer starving, I used to suffer a lot by lending money from shark loans returning high interests but now I am no longer going there so I feel grateful for being in this group. I even sometimes ask myself where are these people (KTD196) come from.”
“I never thought those R10-00 will bring us this far, I’m really grateful to be in the group as I was blind but now I can see through SHG”
“Since I joined this group I’m living better with my family I don’t see myself going out asking for maize meal because when we run out of food I know that we will meet with the ladies and they will give me money to buy food. I am asking myself where this before was as we are getting old because if it was here long time ago we were going to be far but never the less I’m still grateful because my life will never be the same again.”
“We no longer sleep in dark we get money to buy electrify here, we no longer go to loan sharks but we are the ones with little interest. We even learnt to love each other.”
“When you are stressed you no longer go home being the same the women on the group brings laughter.”
“Truly speaking I saw change coming from this group I no longer lack in my house as like before.”
“It helps a lot if there is shortage in the house I no longer go around asking for help but I hold myself knowing that Thursday is around the corner and the help will come from the group.”
“The group has taught me how to manage money as I was careless last time but now I have a discipline”
“Loan sharks it’s no longer issue to us here we borrow R200-00 and the interest it’s only R20-00 this is really a bargain and if others has not yet seen this they are missing out.”
“We no longer sleep on empty stomach the group has assisted me a lot.”
“This group has assisted me as my kids now are able to eat bread as others.”
“This group is helpful in my life my kids are now looking the same as other kids at school, they have shoes coming from this group and they have pocket money daily.”
“I was a poor of the poorest I’m now getting full with my kids as we were sometimes sleeping on empty stomach I was even known in the village but now things have changed. Others are still wondering what is happening with my life why I am no longer go to ask for help.”
“It brought change in my life I was struggling with community funeral contributions but since I have joined the group I have never skipped even one funeral.”
“My son is on wheelchair and sometimes he was unable to go for check-ups because of financial problems but since I joined the group whenever I know that he will be going to check-up I come to the group and borrow money, so to me this group means a lot.”
Traditional skills are shared during the group!