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

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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
Mam
Mam' S, SHG member of the Year 2015

At the end of every year Sinamandla hold their Self-help group (SHG) Awards which recognises and celebrates the success of SHG women and their groups around South Africa. There were dozens of submissions in various categories and two winners are shared for you to enjoy – a list of the main winners is as follows:

- SHG member of the Year: Mam’ S* of Siyaqhubeka SHG (formed by Umvoti AIDS Centre)

- SHG of the Year: Yibanathi SHG (formed by Umvoti AIDS Centre) and Thuthukani SHG (formed by Zimele).

- CLA of the Year: Sizanani CLA (formed by Zimele)

- Partner of the Year: Thandanani Children’s Foundation.

The winner of the SHG Member of the Year Award for 2015 is Mam’ S* (her full name is with-held). She is 35 years and is a member of Siyaqhubeka SHG, formed in 2013 in Dungamanzi in Umsinga, KZN, by Umvoti Aids Centre. After receiving training on income-generation activities in her group, she saw an opportunity for a food business in her community and started IDLANATHI (eat with us). She sells full meal plates with salads, fat cakes, fried chips, tea or coffee. Mam S* took her first business loan of R500 from her SHG to buy a 2 plate stove and a fried chips machine. Another loan of R600 bought a microwave and another of R800 was used for stock. In a good month she makes between R2,500–R3,000 after expenses; she uses R1000 to buy more stock, pays R300 towards rent, repays any loan to her group and the rest she uses or saves. She says "Having my own business has made a huge difference in my life and I no longer become stressed about where I am going to get money from".

One of the winners of the SHG of the Year Award for 2015 is Thuthukani SHG. This group is in Maswazini, near Winterton, KZN, and was formed in August 2009 by Zimele and it has 10 members. The group members are very hard-working and community-minded - they have started a home-based care project to help people who are sick at home and also started a project to assist orphans and vulnerable children in their community. To date the group has assisted 124 vulnerable children, has donated 81 food parcels to needy households, has assisted 10 households to access social grants, and has trained 33 children on how to do craft-work. The tribal authorities in Maswazini work closely with the Thuthukani SHG members to identify needy children in their community. In order to increase the amount of funds available for their community projects, the members opened their own guesthouse - they built a suitable house on land owned by a group member and provide accommodation and meals to tourists or visitors to the area. SHG members from groups in Mtubatuba visited Thuthukani SHG during 2015 to learn how to run a guesthouse. The profit from the guesthouse and from their craft work is used to fund their projects.

Many thanks for your interest in and support of Sinamandla and it’s 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.

Thuthukani SHG, SHG of the Year 2015
Thuthukani SHG, SHG of the Year 2015
 

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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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