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Sinamandla promotes the Self-help Group (SHG) approach throughout South Africa and currently works with implementing partners in KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Free State. By the end of 2014, more than 16 600 women were members in 1 267 functioning SHGs formed by active Sinamandla partners; and 45 Cluster Level Associations (CLAs) were functioning. Over 100 000 household members were recorded as having benefited from having a mother, granny, sister or aunt in an SHG (with over 40 000 being children under 18 years).


New book published - Moving Ourselves out of Poverty!

Exciting news for Sinamandla is that the first ever book on the Self-Help Group (SHG) project in South Africa is available for purchase. Moving Ourselves out of Poverty reflects the good news of the SHG project and how it benefit thousands of women and their households. The book contains 200 stunning full color photographs and dozens of stories and quotes from SHG members. Please support Sinamandla by purchasing a copy for yourself or a friend as a gift. The cost of the book is R200 which includes free local deliver but can also be posted internationally - to order your copy call 084 624 8448 or email info@sinamandla.org.za.

Winners of the Sinamandla Self-help Awards 2014

The SHG Member of the Year Award: This award was for the SHG member who best demonstrated evidence of being socially and/or economically empowered since joining her SHG and who had made a significant impact on her group or within her community. TThe winner was Mam' Mbambo of Vukuzakhe SHG IN KZN (formed by Amangwe Village).

The SHG Achievement Award: This award was for the SHG that best demonstrated evidence of social and economic empowerment within its group members and made a significant impact on its community through projects and IGAs. Only SHGs that were at least 6-months old were considered. The winner was Bhekinhlanhla SHG, KZN (formed by Amangwe Village).

The CLA Achievement Award: This award was for the CLA that best demonstrated evidence of strong linkages and networking on behalf of its SHGs, had strong SHGs in its Cluster, and that had made a significant impact on its community through projects it had initiated and/or coordinated. Only CLAs that were at least one year old were considered. The winner was Isibani Sezwe CLA in KZN (formed by Amangwe Village).

The Community Facilitator of the Year Award: This award was for the community facilitator (CF) that best demonstrated evidence of having strong functioning SHGs and CLAs and that had made a significant impact on the groups through her facilitation, capacity-building and support. Only CFs who had at least six functioning SHGs and 1 CLA were considered. The winner was Stella Mashabela from Thusanang Trust, based in Limpopo.

The SHG Project Staff of the Year Award: This award was for the staff person that best demonstrated evidence of having strong functioning SHGs and CLAs and made a significant impact on her groups through her facilitation, capacity-building and support. Only a staff person who had at least eight functioning SHGs and 1 CLA were considered. The winner was Bheki Dladla from Thandanani Children Foundation, based in KZN.

The SHG Project Manager of the Year Award:This award was for the manager that best demonstrated evidence of having an active SHG team and well-functioning SHG project through their support and supervision. The winner was Thandeka Mbhamali from Amangwe Village, based in KZN.

The SHG Project Implementing Partner of the Year Award: This award was for the Sinamandla implementing partner that showed significant growth, vision and quality in its SHG Programme. Only an implementing partner with at least 10 SHGs and 1 CLA were considered. The winner was Zimele, based in KZN.


Photo courtesy of Amangwe Village:
Mam' Mbambo, 40, is a member of Vukuzakhe SHG, formed in October 2010 in Fuyeni, KZN, by Amangwe Village. She is a winner of the SHG member of the Year Award 2014. She has taken 32 loans with R9 500 and she used some of her loans to start a spaza shop from her home.


Photo courtesy of Zimele:
Intuthuko yo Mama is the first Federation (a Cluster of CLAs) in South Africa, launched in Swayimane, KZN in August 2014 by Zimele. Intuthuko yo Mama has over 1 200 SHG members with over 100 SHGs and 8 CLAs represented. It concentrates on issues that are important to the whole of Swayimane in order to bring about positive change and development. Zimele is the winner of the SHG Project Partner of the Year Award.



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