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Dibora ‘Deborah”

Name: Dibora ‘Deborah” SHG,

Location: Hawassa, Southern Ethiopia

Date of Establishment: November 7, 2009 

Membership: 12 female members aged 18-55 years

Household: The group represents 43 household members including 27children: 13 boys and 14 girls.

Economic status:  We have average monthly household incomes of £20-40 which is just above the poverty line by international standards. Most households can provide 2-3 meals a day for all family members with some fruit and vegetables and occasionally some meat. We have our own homes and can afford beds. We buy new clothes for children once a year. Three or four of our children, the majority boys, will be able to attend school to grade 8 (approximately 12 years old) and we can provide health care for general problems but would slip into debt and possible destitution should any serious illness occur.

Dibora SHG members’ initial savings were 3p per week but now we save 10p each per week. In total we have saved £222.  The group has a social contribution of 3p per week that helps us to support one another during times of sorrow or emergency.    

The group’s first loans to members were of £3 each and the largest loan we have made is £13. In total we have loaned £266 since we started. 

These loans have been used by individual members to buy school uniforms, for medical expenses, to buy food to celebrate feast days and for starting businesses. We have group income generating activities like selling cooking oil, flour and soap to group members where the profit from the business goes to the group account.

Our members have plans to open a vegetable and fruit shop, start a poultry business and distribute soft drinks to hotels

 What the SHG means to Helen Hideto

 “I am married with two children. We were dependent on my husband’s income before I joined my group. But then he left me and my children and we used to struggle to feed ourselves. I started low paid work as a daily labourer so that I could provide at least one meal a day for my children.

This was when I heard about Self Help Groups. Using my own resources to get myself out of poverty was not that much convincing for me but I will try anything that might help. I started saving, having meetings with my group members, discussing things with them and making wiser decisions in life. I took a loan and started petty trading on the side of the road to generate income. As my communication skills improved, I started to represent my group in public meetings and meetings with government and other agencies. After working like this for some time, I got an opportunity to work in a government office. Currently, I’m a government employee; I’m feeding my children three times a day and I’m sending them to school. My life is much better than before and I also believe that this is only the beginning.”

 

With your help, we can support the further development of the Self Help Group programme so that more people can work together to use their own resources to feed their families, send their children to school and improve their communities as this group has done.