Member of the association handing over a cash box
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 the
framework 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:
- Convenient savings choices catering for all members.
- Savings are made on a weekly basis in the form of shares purchases.
- The value is determined by the members at the beginning of every cycle.
- Individual members save for various reasons like for meeting immediate basic needs.
- Members get back their savings at the end of the saving cycle.
- The profits made by the group are shared at the time of share out.
- Every member with savings at the time of share out earns profit worth their saving.
- Loans are affordable for business, investment and consumption
- All loans are paid back with interest
- Every member is entitled to one (1) loan at a time.
- The monies paid as fines for defaulters in the group can be used to cater for vaccines for treating their goats.
Activities carried out:
- Distribution of Cash boxes and all the items for the implementation of VSLA activities. Five (5) groups have been supported with the items for the VSLA.
- Training of the groups on the VSLA Component. Five (5) groups have been trained in total in the VSLA methodology and its principles.
- Support monitoring during group’s meetings.
Sharing out of the goats by groups:
In two (2) groups from Pongdwongo and Alango parishes which received the goats in 2011, they have now
shared 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 the
school in which the Association had been offered space.
River Fund HIV/AIDS Family Support Association would like to thank all its supporters; Global Giving and
the 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 in
the districts of Northern Uganda.
We however can’t do much without knowing what our donors feel about our project and or how we can make
it better and unique from what we are offering now. Please do post your comment.
Support & supervision of the groups (with goats)