SHG women outside KZN parliament
Sinamandla, and it’s implementing Self-help Group (SHG) partners, have been trying to work with government departments locally, provincially and nationally over the past decade to show them the effectiveness of the SHG approach to alleviate poverty, especially in rural areas. The Department of Social Development have shown interest at national and provincial levels. However, in 2012, there was great interest and exciting developments in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) from the Office of the Premier after the wife of the Premier visited several SHGs in Swayimani, formed by Zimele, a Sinamandla partner based in Pietermaritzburg.
On 12 December 2012, ten women from the SHG Clusters of the Zimele Programme attended the KZN provincial parliament, by the invitation of the KZN Premier, Dr Zweli Mkhize. The women and Zimele staff were invited for the official announcement of a partnership between the Office of the Premier and Zimele - to expand their SHG Programme to all the eleven Districts of KZN during 2013-14.
This was a huge experience of honour for the rural women and for Zimele. It increased hope and confidence in the women as individuals and their collective efforts to bring change for themselves and their communities. The women who attended parliament say they now feel recognised, more confident and highly motivated to continue their work to confront obstacles in the struggle for better lives for themselves and their families and communities. Zimele and Sinamandla are very excited with this new partnership with the Office of the Premier and look forward to it unfolding.
Many thanks to all our donors, we appreciate your support. Sinamandla continues to work towards reaching its fundraising targets on GlobalGiving so please consider making another donation in 2013 in order to help Sinamandla assist thousands of vulnerable women in poor communities. Please do think of any family member or friend who would be interested in the work of Sinamandla through its Self-help Groups and do forward them our website link.