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Selam Behibret ’’Peace in unity”

Name: Selam Behibret ’’Peace in unity” SHG,

Location:Hawassa, Southern Ethiopia

Date of Establishment: November 9, 2009    

Membership: 22 female members aged 35-55 years

Household: The group represents 81 household members including 45 children: 24 boys and 21 girls.

Economic status:  We have average monthly household incomes of over £40 which is better than most in our community. We can feed our families adequately throughout the year and provide clothing on a regular basis for all family members. Most of our children go to school to grade 8 and those who are able will go to secondary school if there is one. We can fund simple medical treatment if it is needed. We can support ourselves unless something happens that results in a significant loss of valuable assets.

Selam Behibret SHG members’ initial savings were 3p per week but now we save between 13p and 66p each per week. In total we have saved £850.  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 £26. In total we have loaned £586 since we started.

These loans have been used for businesses like : cattle fattening, breeding sheep and goats, and keeping poultry; for buying household goods, building houses to rent out, for children’s school fees, and for college & university graduation. As a group, we also buy cooking oil, soap and other food items in bulk and distribute them to members at market price. The profit goes to the group account. We are so happy with our group.

Our members have plans to start a poultry business, to breed and fatten cattle, to sell food items in bulk and to open a fruit and vegetable shop.

 What the SHG means to Etagegn Turo   

 “I am widowed and have no children. I work for a family. I feed their cattle, clean their compound and clear the dung. I used to throw the dung over the fence of the house.

After I joined my group, besides my work, I started a poultry business. I took training in basic business skills and keeping poultry. Then my group gave me a loan to start the business. I sell chickens and eggs.  I want to say that my group members are not only my friends but rather they are my family. They take my issues seriously and help me deal with them. After we had training to help us look at the resources we each have and how to use them, I started to bring the cattle dung from the household I work for and dry it in my house. People use dry dung as a fuel and also as a fertilizer. Now, I stopped polluting the environment by throwing the dung outside and I’m generating profit out of it. I also collect the leftover cattle food and give it to the chickens in my house. I know what to do with my resources now and it is because of the Self Help Approach.”

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.