Empower Women through the Self Help Group Approach

by Thusanang Trust
Empower Women through the Self Help Group Approach
Empower Women through the Self Help Group Approach
Empower Women through the Self Help Group Approach
Empower Women through the Self Help Group Approach
Empower Women through the Self Help Group Approach
Empower Women through the Self Help Group Approach

Project Report | Feb 11, 2022
A New Year bring New Challenges.

By Ann Luther | Project Leader

Bronwyn addressing SHG members
Bronwyn addressing SHG members

In my last report I mentioned that South Africa had officially exited the third wave of Covid, and that we were planning our year-end functions again. Then (and now), we still had to be careful, limit numbers at gatherings and try to meet outdoors if at all possible. With this in mind we decided to divide our year-end function for SHG members into 2 events, and to hold them under a stretch tent in the courtyard outside our hall at Thusanang. These were very successful. Our members said they felt happier talking to one another in a smaller meeting, and it gave more people an opportunity to share their experiences.Many ladies eagerly used this opportunity to share with others how much being able to improve their standard of living meant to them. They were amazed how a small saving each week could make a big change later. What was particularly heart-warming was to hear how they experienced gaining new respect from their husbands and neighbours because of what they were able to contribute to the family.

Our guest speaker this time was Bronwyn Carter, an Occupational Therapist who had been helping Thusanang wherever possible while her husband was doing community service near Tzaneen. She spoke about the development of the child, and special needs which may occur, and how to look out for signs of special needs in the developing child. Sadly for us, Bronwyn and Ryan have now left South Africa and are living in Australia. We wish them all the best in this exciting new stage of their lives. Our Community Facilitators then enacted a short play about how to (and how not to) speak to one another in SHG meetings. The audience really enjoyed the comedy in this and were often in fits of laughter.

All our CFs are trying to start new groups in their respective areas so that more women can benefit from being members of an SHG. This requires getting permission from the induna to work in his/her area, door to door visiting to find members of similar economic backgrounds, community mapping so all members know where their fellow group members live, and training in the different SHG concepts. This has been particularly successful in the new area, Bolubedu, where we started the SHG programme last year. We now have 9 groups there and the goal is to start 2 new groups each month this year so that we have 25 groups there by the end on 2022. The most significant way to improve one's standard of living is actually to start a small business. The challenges of what will be most successful, how to run the business and where to market one's products remain important challenges and we aim to help group members with these challenges this year.

SHG concept Training
SHG concept Training
Bookwriter and Monitor at SHG Meeting
Bookwriter and Monitor at SHG Meeting
The CFs were there a day early to prepare
The CFs were there a day early to prepare
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Thusanang Trust

Location: Haenertsburg, Limpopo - South Africa
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Project Leader:
Ann Luther
Haenertsburg , Limpopo South Africa

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