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Enedeg Behibret ’Let’s grow in unity’

Name: Enedeg Behibret ’Let’s grow in unity’    SHG,

Location: Hawassa, S Ethiopia.

Date of Establishment: January 9, 2009

Membership: 19 women &1 man members aged 27-60

Household: The group represents 85 household members including 50 children: 20 boys and 30 girls.

Economic status:  We have average household monthly incomes of £15-20 which is relatively low. We live just below the poverty line by international standards. Our households live on one or two meals a day with little fruit or vegetables and very rarely meat. We can send one or two children to primary school. We buy second-hand clothes for our children to share once a year and our rented housing is poor, although we usually have blankets. We cannot provide health care or medicines for family members unless we borrow money which we may never be able to repay.

Enedeg Behibret SHG members’ initial savings were 3p per week but now we save 10p each per week. In total we have saved £330. 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 £3.30 each and the largest loan we have made is £66. In total we have loaned £810 since we started.

These loans have been used to start small businesses, for medical expenses and household items. As a group, we buy cooking oil, flour and soap in bulk and sell them to group members at market price. The profit goes to our group account. We also participate in cleaning up our village and other join in other projects organised by the local government.

Our members plan to start flour trading, cattle fattening, dairy farming and poultry businesses.     

 What the SHG means to Worke Gugsa  

“I am single and I live alone. I used to do domestic work but it was hard. They forced me to work till midnight and then to wake up at 4 in the morning. Even when I had my wages I wasted my money on trifles. I often thought of how long this life would stay with me.

In the meanwhile, I joined my group. My employer didn’t let me attend meetings and I struggled for a while but I left them when my group gave me a loan to start a business. I started with petty trading and I saved a lot because I also learned not to spend money on things that can’t add value. After saving very hard, I opened a beauty salon. I rented a house for the salon and I also live there. My salon is more or less fully equipped. I bought a TV for my customers’ entertainment and I lead a happy life. People that know me can witness my life transformation. I’m a different person now. This is all because of my group. I’m so grateful for this project and I believe that there will be a lot of progress in the future.”

 

 

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.