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
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
Ingomusalethu SHG members baking
Ingomusalethu SHG members baking

One of the main economic benefits of being a member of a Self-help group (SHG) is the training received in income-generation and small business activities as well as having access to loans to start or expand your small business. Here are stories of SHG members in South Africa who have recently had success in their small business activities.

Members form Ingomusa lethu SHG in Sokhulu, KZN, formed by Amangwe Village in 2015, recently attended a one-week training on baking at the Umfolozi Municipality. They learned how to bake bread and scones and also received a baking wood stove and baking utensils. The women took loans from their group to buy baking ingredients. They have now established their own business and started baking bread and scones for the community. Brown or white loaves are sold at R10 each and scones are R3,00 each, which are affordable process for community members. They bake daily so that they sell fresh products.

Sesikhona SHG was formed in April 2013 in Tafelkop, KZN, with 15 members. The SHG’s initial attempt at generating income was selling laundry bar soap among themselves. Through this small business, they were able to build-up their group savings and after 5 months they decided on a long term goal of making and selling bricks. At this point the SHG had accumulated R1500 in their savings. The SHG came together and decided that they would borrow money from their group savings to start this business. The brick making business was launched with R700.00 for sand and R600.00 for cement. One of their members donated a piece of land for them to use as a place for making bricks. As a group, they agreed to work two days in a week. At the beginning of the business, they all worked together as one group, but as the business grew they divided into two working groups, with each group having one day a week to work. Currently the SHG makes 100 to 150 bricks a day. The selling price of a brick is R5.50. The SHG usually gets customers from their community and due to a large number of orders they have employed two young people who help them with making bricks. They have now opened a bank account and currently have saved over R10 000.00 of profit from this brick-making project. The SHG is supported by Zimele Wethu Foundation.

Mam’ Msomi (not her real name), 65 years, is a member of Khulakancane SHG in Mankwathini, KZN, formed by Amangwe Village in April 2015. She is a married and has five children. She loaned money from her group to start a poultry business. She rears 50 chicks from her home and sells chickens in her community for R75 each. She says that heavy rain and limited space have been challenge, however, she is planning on building more space for her chickens and to grow her business.

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.

Sesikhona SHG brickmaking business
Sesikhona SHG brickmaking business
Mam
Mam' Msomi chick-rearing business
SHG Member of the Year 2016
SHG Member of the Year 2016

At the end of every year, Sinamandla hold their annual Self-help Group (SHG) Awards which recognise the contribution of women in their household, group and the wider community. A small cash prize and certificate are awarded to the SHG Member of the Year, the SHG of the Year, and the CLA of the Year (Cluster of SHGs). Sinamandla also recognises the work of its partners and their SHG projects. Sinamandla congratulates and celebrates all of the 2016 Sinamandla SHG Award winners and is proud to share the contribution that so many women are making around South Africa – two stories are mentioned below.

Mam’ Muhlanga (not her real name), a member of Ikageng SHG in Segwashi village, Limpopo, formed by Thusanang Trust in February 2012, is the winner of Sinamandla's SHG Member of the Year Award for 2016. She cares for five members in her household. She has savings of around R500 in her group and has taken and repaid 15 loans worth over R7,000 of which 8 loans have been for her business activities. She buys and sells sweets and snacks in her village she also buys material to sew clothes for children and adults which she sells at social grant pay points and to SHG members. At all times she encourages SHG members to start their own businesses and is willing to teach other members to sew. She also encourages community members to join an SHG as she sees the importance of being in an SHG in her own life.

Khazimula CLA, representing 8 SHGs in Msinga, KZN, was formed in November 2013 and is the winner of Sinamandla's CLA of the Year Award for 2016. During this year the CLA started a social project whereby 60 CLA members from 3 SHGs are involved in home-based care. They visit patients every Monday to bath them, clean their home, do washing, clean their yard and collect water for them. Some of the patients are on medication and they could not take it because of not having food in the house – in such cases the CLA members come with food from their homes and help them to take their medication every day. The CLA members recently built a house for a community member, 67 years, who was staying on her own and her house was not in a good condition.

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.

CLA of the Year 2016
CLA of the Year 2016
 

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Location: Pietermaritzburg, KZN - South Africa
Website: http:/​/​www.sinamandla.org.za
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Philip Donnell
Pietermaritzburg, KZN South Africa
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