Self Help Group
Title of project: Self Help Group
The Self Help Group Approach is an instrument used to combat poverty in a sustainable way. It aims at socially and economically empowering the poor women who constitute the majority using available resources. What is exceptional about the SHG approach is that, it is not a question of giving temporary one-off aid in the form of money or food, but rather people are empowered to develop themselves and their children sustainably. After realizing the need to thwart poverty, Kindernothilfe (KNH), a Germany based organization, came with this concept aimed at “helping others to help themselves” in a sustainable way.
The concept alludes that “self-help” is permanent while “external help” is temporary. The basic principles of the project are that every human being has tremendous God-given potential; it helps people realize their potentials and unleash them. This helps to remove and downplay the donor dependency syndrome communities and provides a framework and guidance for establishing people’s institutions (Cluster Level Associations and Federations).
Funder: Kindernothilfe (KNH) from Germany
Year started & Ending: 2013-2018
Goal of Project
•To sustainably empower poor women socially and economically for the betterment of their lives, families and communities.
•To enable poor women to help themselves in a sustainable way through substantial capacity building inputs and facilitating them into self-organizational groups
•To empower women to realize their hidden potential through coming together to form Self Help Groups, Cluster Level Associations and Federations
Area of operation: Manicaland Province, Mutare Rural District Wards 13 Temberere, 20 Munyarari, 36 Dzobo and 26 Muradzikwa
Target population: Women
Number of beneficiaries reached in the past year: 849
Critical achievements in 2015 (both output and outcome level)
•90% of children under the care of SHG women are regularly attending primary school because they can pay school fees timeously
•Increased number of meals from 1 to 2 per day in the households of SHG members
•85% of women were able to take loans from groups in the last 8 months
•Increased groups’ capital per year by 6%
•3 linkages established at CLA level, Local leadership, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Women Affairs Gender and Community Development
•Total number of functional SHGs to date = 49