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Hidase 'Renewal'


Location:Nazareth town, Eastern Ethiopia

Membership: 20 members 17 men and 3 women aged 28-45 years old

Household: Our group represents 118 household members including 81 children: 45 boys and 36 girls.

Economic status: We have an average household monthly income of £15-20] which is relatively low. We live just below the poverty line by international standards. Our households live on one or two cold 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.

Hidase SHG members’ initial savings were 20p per week but now we save each per week. In total we have saved 21,000 Birr.  Our group has a social contribution of 12p per week that helps us to support one another during times of sorrow or emergency.

Our group’s first loans to members were of £51 each and the largest loan we have made is £140. In total  we have circulated £877 as  loans among the group members since our establishment.

These loans have been used for individual members to start businesses including opening a kiosk, trading injera (traditional Ethiopian bread) and other food items. Some of the members also reconstructed their houses. We, as a group, buy foodstuff like cooking oil, salt and different cereal flours in bulk and distribute it to members at market price and save the profit into the group account. Besides the food stuff we buy mobile cards from Telecom and sell it to the community

Most of our members are working in construction companies. To use this skill, we plan to open a brick making company in the future. We also plan to open a grain store, start urban agriculture and poultry business along with the brick making company.

 What the SHG means to Tesfaye Adem

 “I am married with 5 family members. I used to think that my wife could not work or participate in household decisions. I drove a cart for my living and before joining my group I used to spend all the money I had without planning. I never had enough money to feed my children three meals a day.

But after I joined my group, I understood how conversation helps in obtaining new ideas and I encourage my wife to make decisions about household issues. I do the same cart driving work but I save up to 20 birr a week into the group account. After I have saved for some time, I plan to by a Taxi and gain more income for my family. The major impact I saw through this program is attitudinal change - this makes a big difference in life. I have a peaceful and happy life with my wife now.

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.