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Lideta ’’Date celebrated for Mary (mother of Jesus)”

Name: Lideta ’’Date celebrated for Mary (mother of Jesus)” SHG,

Location:Hawassa, Southern Ethiopia

Date of Establishment: July 16, 2009    

Membership: 17 female members aged 27-43

Household: The group represents 72 household members including 42 children: 22 boys and 20 girls.

Economic status: We have average monthly household incomes of below £15 which is very low. Most households live on one meal a day all year round with no meat. Only our oldest boy children go beyond primary school while the other children help with household chores and earning income if they can. Our clothing is little more than rags with the addition of occasional second-hand items which we share. Our housing is rented, one room, temporary structures with no furniture. If our children fall sick we cannot provide health care or medicines because nobody will lend us money as we cannot repay.

Lideta SHG members’ initial savings were 3p per week but now we save 7p each per week. In total we have saved £258. The group has a social contribution of 2p 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 £20. In total we have loaned £350 since we started. These loans have been used for members to start small business, for children’s school fees, to buy seeds fertilisers and for medical expenses. We have been trained in how to run our group and write our byelaws, loan management, basic business skills, business development skills, social actions and environmental sanitation.

We have three plans for the future. The first is to buy a grinding mill and provide service for our community. Cattle fattening is our second plan and the last one is to open a wholesale business supplying food items.

 What the SHG means to Zenebech Balecha  

“I am married with six family members. I used to be dependent on my husband’s income. I actually tried to start a small business before but I was not successful because I didn’t have the required skills. I didn’t have anyone to mentor me and I usually lost money rather than making a profit. My contribution to the household expenses was minimal and that made me lack confidence in sharing in decision making with my husband.

My group brought me many things. Besides the training I got from the project, I learned from other members. We discuss our business ideas and work together to minimise risks. My group members are more than friends for me; they are like a second family. Currently I sell maize and other grains from my house. My business is doing very well and my decision making power in my house has increased. This is all because of my Self Help Group.”

 

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.