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Innedig ‘Let us mature!’

Name: Innedig ‘Let us mature!’ SHG,   

Location:Nazret Town, Southern Ethiopia

Date of Establishment: Dec 26th 2010

Membership: 16 members, 2 men and 14 women aged 27-55 years old

Household: The group represents 68 household members including 36 children:  16 boys and 20 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.

Innedig group members’ initial savings were 3p per week but now we save 65p each per week. In total we have saved £572. 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 £7 each and the largest loan we have made is £122. In total we have loaned £1,156 to members since we started.

These loans have been used by individual members to start businesses including building a house to rent, and petty trading. We have also used loans for school fees and uniform and for medical expenses. We have received training in leadership, and have helped to train other, newer groups.

We plan to give every member of the group a loan and push them to start businesses. Long term we want to open a shop selling food items to our community.

 What the SHG means to Tigist Mengistu

“I am married with 3 family members to support. I used to have a small kiosk. My group gave me a loan and I expanded my business – I now stock many more items. Beside this I also fatten cattle. My first loan was £26. I am now on my third loan of £122. My business is profitable and my life has been changed. I now save and want to expand even more. I never used to ask questions before - I kept quiet because I was afraid. Now I speak more confidently. I visit my group members when they are sick and I also have better relationships with my neighbours. Even my conversation with my husband has improved!”

 

 

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.