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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 2013, more than 12 600 women were members in 844 functioning SHGs formed by active Sinamandla partners; and 30 Cluster Level Associations (CLAs) were functioning. Approximately 74 000 household members were recorded as having benefited from having a mother, granny, sister or aunt in an SHG in 2013 (with over 30 000 being children under 18 years).

Winners of the Sinamandla Self-help Awards 2013

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 during 2013. The winner was Mam' Thembeni of Thembalethu 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 Sakhisizwe, 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 Jabulisizwe from Amangwe Village, based in Richards Bay, KZN.

The SHG Programme 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 Bomkazi Mathandabuza from Vusisizwe, based in Flagstaff, Eastern Cape.

The SHG Programme 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 Pietermaritzburg, KZN.


Sakhisizwe SHG in Emakhwezini is the winner of the 2013 SGH Achievement Award. By the end of 2013 they had saved almost R15 000 and had given 428 loans to their members worth R247 000. The group has established a tearoom in their community which is running very well.


Photo courtesy of Amangwe Village:
Jabu Mtshali of Amangwe Village is the winner of the 2013 Community Facilitator of the Year Award. She has been a CF since 2009 at Emakhwezini village and has formed 29 SHGs with 558 members. She is standing 2nd from the right with her SHG team.

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