Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa

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Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Self-help Groups for 2000 poor women in S. Africa
Zizamele Creche caters for vulnerable children
Zizamele Creche caters for vulnerable children

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. Many social projects target orphaned and vulnerable children, who are living in households that are barely surviving on government grants and have no employed person in their home.

Zizamele Crèche is one such social project of Zizamele SHG in Willowfountain, KZN. The Crèche first opened its doors in April 2016 and has accommodated 40 children since then. Zizamele Crèche caters for children from three months to four years and it charges between R100-120 ($7-9) per child per month. The crèche helps its community through the low monthly fee for each child and it provides the opportunity to parents to have their children left in safe hands while they are at work or school. The Crèche caters mostly for infants whose mothers are still schooling and also some orphaned children

At the end of 2018, 25 children in Msinga, KZN, benefited from the Khazimula CLA orphan and vulnerable children project by receiving new school uniforms. The CLA aims to enable the children to go to school with dignity like all other children in their schools. The children were so excited that they now have new school wear.

Thembananiyethu CLA Orphaned and Vulnerable Child Care Project in Swayimani, KZN, cares for 20 orphaned and vulnerable children using skills developed over the ten years that the CLA has served in their community. The CLA is able to sustain their social project through generating their own income. One recent example of their income-generation activities is a poultry business. The project rented a poultry house from an SHG member for their business and are able to complete a cycle of 100 chickens every 6 weeks, while making a profit of almost R1,100 ($80) per cycle after all expenses.

Many thanks for your interest in and support of Sinamandla and its work with women in SHGs, who are making a positive contribution to the lives of children. Please would you consider a donation to Sinamandla in 2019 which will be greatly appreciated! Please do like us on Facebook at sinamandlaselfhelpgroup. Our SHG book, “Moving ourselves out of poverty”, is available for $40.00 including postage – to order directly from Sinamandla email info@sinamandla.org.za.

Khazimula CLA project provides school uniforms
Khazimula CLA project provides school uniforms
Hlanganani CLA members receive new computers
Hlanganani CLA members receive new computers

South Africa currently has an official unemployment rate of around 27%. This increases to over 40% for young people, and even over 50% in some rural countries. It contributes significantly to the high rate of poverty in the country. Therefore, assisting young people to secure employment or to become self-employed is a key concern for many women in Self-help groups (SHGs) and Clusters (CLAs).

One example is Hlanganani CLA in Tafelkop, KZN, who has been supported in 2018 by Zimele Wethu Foundation, a Sinamandla partner, to establish a Computer School that will provide basic computer skills to young people preparing to start college or seeking jobs or self-employment. Hlanganani CLA contributed 20% of the total cost for the establishment of the Computer School and also built the Computer school itself; Zimele Wethu Foundation secured funding for the remaining costs. They received desktop computers and computer tables in early 2018 and are the only Computer School in the community as the next closest one is over 40 kms away. Currently there are 16 students enrolled for a 3-months course at a fee of R550.00 ($40) each.

Many thanks for your interest in and support of Sinamandla and its work with women in SHGs, who are making a positive contribution to the lives of children and young people. Please would you consider a donation to Sinamandla in 2018 which will be greatly appreciated!

You can subscribe to our 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 $40.00 including postage – to order directly from Sinamandla email info@sinamandla.org.za.

Unemployed youth learn basic computer skills
Unemployed youth learn basic computer skills
Make every day a Mandela Day
Make every day a Mandela Day

As we celebrate the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela this month in South Africa and around the world, we proudly remember the words of Mandela that everyone can make a difference to the world around them. At Sinamandla, every week we hear of how women in Self-help groups (SHGs) around South Africa are doing just that - making a difference in their communities.

Khazhimula CLA Home Based Care project in Msinga, KZN, for example, has served its community by caring for the sick and frail for. Currently, the Khazhimula CLA project has 15 patients that it is caring for. One is a woman who suffers from a walking disability caused by a chronic illness. The CLA members visit her at least twice a month to help out with house work and tasks such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, gardening and fetching water from a communal tap for her family and livestock. The CLA is supported by Zimele Wethu Foundation, a partner of Sinamandla. Many thanks for your interest in and support of Sinamandla and its work with women in SHGs.

Please would you consider a donation to Sinamandla in 2018 which will be greatly appreciated! You can subscribe to our 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 $40.00 including postage – to order directly from Sinamandla email info@sinamandla.org.za.

Khazhimula members take care of a patient
Khazhimula members take care of a patient's garden
Mam
Mam' Gumede and her poultry business

At the centre of Sinamandla’s work is the Self-help group (SHG) project which promotes self-help and mutual help at the individual, group and community levels. As 2017 draws to a close we share two inspiring stories of an SHG member and an SHG who are helping themselves and their community.

Mam’ Gumede (not her real name) of Sizamokuhle SHG in Swayimane, KZN, has been an SHG member since February 2012.She cares for four household members and her family were mainly living on social grants before she joined her group. To date she has borrowed 5 SHG loans worth R5,000 (almost $400) from her group towards her income-generating activities. She has a poultry house and farms around 1 100 chickens every 6 weeks. She also farms vegetables and seasonal crops like sweet potatoes, amadumbe and maize on her family land. In addition to this land she has an annual lease on another 2 acres of land which she uses for farming activities along with six other SHG farmers. Mam’ Gumede supplies her chicken and vegetable produce to local supermarkets and learning institutions in nearby towns. She has influenced her group members and community to embrace agriculture as a livelihood strategy and many SHG farmers in her community look to her as their mentor.

Inceboyenkosi SHG in Swayimane, KZN, was formed in May 2010. The group members are engaged in various individual economic activities such as tourism and agriculture activities and they jointly run two social projects; a youth academy and a vulnerable children’s project. In 2015 Inceboyenkosi registered as a Non-Profit Company and has since managed around R450,000 for its social projects. All the members of the group earn monthly stipends for the services they provide in their social projects. During 2017 Inceboyenkosi has been working with 100 orphaned and vulnerable children and through local partnerships has provided full school uniforms to 260 children in 12 primary schools and 3 high schools in Swayimane over the past three years. Inceboyenkosi also provides different lifeskills training activities for the children and care support skills to their caregivers. Inceboyenkosi SHG is supported by Zimele Wethu Foundation, a Sinamandla partner.

Many thanks for your interest in and support of Sinamandla and its work with women in SHGs. Please would you consider a donation to Sinamandla in 2017 which will be greatly appreciated!

You can subscribe to our 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 $40.00 including postage – to order directly from Sinamandla email phil@sinamandla.org.za  

Inceboyenkosi SHG and their children
Inceboyenkosi SHG and their children's project
Sakhisizwe SHG loan issue to members
Sakhisizwe SHG loan issue to members

Sinamandla previously conducted research of the Self-help Group (SHG) project in 2010 so new research was a priority in 2017. A local development consultant and her team were contracted to conduct the research between April-June. Amangwe Village were the SHG partner selected to host the research project and Sakhisizwe SHG in Makwezini, a settlement in the uMfolozi Municipality, KZN, were chosen to participate in the research.

The research set out to capture from the SHG members themselves, their families and key community stakeholders what changes being an SHG member has made in terms of the following areas. What changes did it make to family finances and economic wellbeing? What changes did it make to social relationships within the family and community? What changes did it make to their capacity to celebrate life events in accordance with customary practices? What impact did it have on strengthening women’s empowerment? These themes were followed through in a structured group discussion with the SHG and one-on-one interviews with a sample of SHG members, and a group interview with their families. A sample of community stakeholders were also interviewed.

The findings revealed a great deal of positive evidence that being a member of an SHG was a life changing experience at most of the levels outlined above. SHG members and their families shared their journey from dire poverty and unhappiness to gaining new skills in SHG training which enabled them to plan and manage their finances better. They felt also confident about the future. They all shared how neighbourhoods had become happier and more caring since the establishment of the SHG. Stakeholders reinforced this view and some of them had joined the SHG as they saw the progress the members were making and wanted to be a part of vibrant, caring group.

The research report states that “SHG’s are clearly a very effective way of addressing poverty, especially in rural communities where people still embrace traditional lifestyles. Through participation, poor people solve some of the economic problems and are set on a course of more targeted saving and use of available funds. Increased social cohesion, social capital and self-reliance are always additional benefits of well-established SHGs and this impacts on their families and the community and has a snowballing effect which can gain a momentum of its own. SHGs are often involved in local development projects which benefit the wider community.”

“Sinamandla’s model of working with local partners and having in place an ongoing capacity building program ensures the continual expansion of skills and knowledge. Sakhisizwe SHG has been exposed to training covering issues and topics such as HIV/AIDS, child protection, household vegetable production, gender and gender violence etc. The investment Sinamandla and their partners make in SHGs is exceptional, considering the current funding constraints most NGOs face.”

Many thanks for your interest in and support of Sinamandla and its work with women in SHGs. Please would you consider a donation to Sinamandla in 2017 which will be greatly appreciated!

You can subscribe to our 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

Sakhisizwe SHG members run their small business
Sakhisizwe SHG members run their small business
 

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Location: Pietermaritzburg, KZN - South Africa
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