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

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Teaching SHG members how to prevent soil erosion
Teaching SHG members how to prevent soil erosion

In preparation for the coming rainy season in South Africa, the Agricultural officer of Zimele Wethu Foundation, a Sinamandla partner in KZN province, has been travelling to various communities to train SHG members involved in small scale farming. Zimele Wethu has a passion to see every household with a vegetable garden, potato or corn field. SHG members in Msinga were recently trained on how best they can prevent soil erosion in their vegetable gardens.

Mam’ Msomi*, 51 years, caring for a family of four, and Mam’ Khanyile*, 65 years, with a family of five, are members of Hlanganani SHG, formed in 2014 in Ezinketheni by Thandanani Children’s Foundation, another Sinamandla partner (* = name changed). Earlier this year they together loaned R400 ($30) to buy seeds to develop their households gardening project; they recently harvested their vegetable to sell to community members and also to use for their families. They say that since they started their garden they are no longer buying vegetables for their households and have already made over R400 (US30) profit for their households from their first harvest. They are thankful to Thandanani for starting SHGs in their community because since they have joined their group their lives have changed tremendously, economically and socially.

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 on Tuesday 29th November – it is a red letter day as The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match up to $1 million in donations on GlobalGiving for #GivingTuesday! Matching applies at 50% for one-time donations up to $1,000; the 2016 #GivingTuesday campaign will begin November 29th at 00:00:01 EST and end at 23:59:59 EST (24 hours). Your donation will be greatly appreciated!

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.

Mam Msomi* & Mam Khanyile* in their veggie garden
Mam Msomi* & Mam Khanyile* in their veggie garden
UMAZISIZE Issue 3 2016 - Keeping children safe
UMAZISIZE Issue 3 2016 - Keeping children safe

For several years, Sinamandla has edited, printed and distributed UMAZISIZE, a newspaper for SHG members in isiZulu, which goes out to 10 000 women and their households around KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) every quarter. Each issue has a specific theme that is relevant to the SHG members, usually suggested by them, and features stories of SHG women and their groups from around South Africa highlighting their achievements. Past issues have focused on small buisness, promoting savings, children's issues, water and hygiene, and women's rights.

The theme of the most recent issue in August 2016 was 'Keeping Children Safe', which focused on child abuse and identifying safe and unsafe places for children in the local community. There was also a section which focused on ‘You and Social Grants’ with the aim of assisting SHG members and their households to realise their socio-economic rights. Sinamandla advertised an SHG Business Competition that groups could enter to find the SHG that is best using loans from its group funds for members to start or expand a small business, first prize for the winning SHG is $350.

Sinamandla also launched a new SHG Membership Card and hopes that all SHG members will get their membership card and be able to access various benefits such as discount or free delivery of building materials, discounts on school stationary and uniforms and discount on group t-shirts through bulk purchases as an SHG or CLA.

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.

UMAZISIZE Issue 2 2016 - Playing with children
UMAZISIZE Issue 2 2016 - Playing with children
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
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
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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Sinamandla

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