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!
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CLA of the Year 2016