ease the pain among children affected by AIDS

An aid project by “Ndibwami Integrated Rescue Project” (H. Nalugo Sabastian) in Masaka, Uganda

News: On this page the carrier keeps you informed about the current situation of the project. This helps you judge how the donations are being used.

H. Nalugo Sabastian (Project Manager), written 3 days ago

H. Nalugo Sabastian

Economic And Social Impacts Of Self-Help Groups In Uganda

Gender equality and women empowerment is the third of the millennium development goals (MDGs). Along with government and non government parties, a participatory community approach of the rural women known as self help groups (SHGs, also known as mother’s group or women’s group) are working towards achieving the goal. In rural parts of Uganda, such groups are carrying out various activities that benefit women and community.

During SHG meetings, women discuss a lot including social control activities like controlling alcoholism, betting and gambling, advocating for poor and voiceless women, campaigning against discrimination and superstitious beliefs, providing skill based trainings to members of SHGs etc. 

SHGs members have higher empowerment indicators and higher income and assets. During a study, it was  found that women empowerment is positively impacted by self help groups. The various activities like rural micro credit reduced the economic dependency of women upon other members of the family and the trainings and knowledge enabled the women to begin economic activities. Thus, women could use the fusion of loan and trainings to improve their livelihood by diversifying their income sources and reducing dependency.

The meetings and awareness programs increased the knowledge and experience which led to an increase in the ability of making quality decisions and ensure participation. Participating in the social control activities, women were able to gradually lower the traditional and cultural barriers for participating in the development process.

The higher empowerment indicators of the SHG participants as seen in the study suggest that participation speeds up the empowerment process. It will be too early and immature to conclude that SHG participation contributes to increase high value assets.

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Fig: Women listen to volunteers input during SHG meeting session

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H. Nalugo Sabastian (Project Manager), written 7 days ago

H. Nalugo Sabastian

Schweine liefern Wohlstand und Gesundheit für Familien.

Stellen Sie sich die Auswirkungen, die Sie haben, wenn Sie für das Wohl eines Kindes mit dem Geschenk eines Schweins bereitzustellen. Dieses Geschenk enthält Schulungen für die Familie zum Umgang mit dem Schwein, eine reichliche Versorgung von angereicherten Futtermittel und Starter Impfungen. Gemeinsam können die neuen Schweinehalter ein profitables Geschäft, das die Macht, um die Hoffnung auf eine bessere Zukunft für die unterstützten Kind und die ganze Familie zu bringen hat zu bauen.

Schweine werden in vielen reural Gemeinden in Uganda benötigt. Ein Schwein kann 5-20 Ferkel in einem Jahr produzieren. So ist es ein profitables Geschäft, das viele bedürftige Kinder und ihre Familien aus der Armut helfen kann. Fühlen Sie sich, indem sie ein bedürftiges Kind ein Schwein, die ihm helfen, eine bessere Zukunft haben werden glücklich.
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Figure 1: Hellen with mother clean for their pigs.
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Fig 2: Clean for the pigs.
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Fig 3: feed the pigs.

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H. Nalugo Sabastian (Project Manager), written 20 days ago

H. Nalugo Sabastian

Women self help group making it possible for women micro-enterprises

A self-help group (SHG) is a village-based  financial intermediary committee usually composed of 10–20 local women or men. A mixed group is generally not preferred. Most self-help groups are rural areas, though SHGs can be found in other Peri-urban communities.

Members make small regular savings contributions over a few months until there is enough capital in the group to begin lending. Funds may then be lent back to the members or to others in the village for any purpose. In NIRP groups, many SHGs are 'linked' to banks for the delivery of micro-credit.

A self-help group is  registered to enable them access other development services. It typically comprises a group of micro entrepreneurs having homogeneous social and economic backgrounds, all voluntarily coming together to save regular small sums of money, mutually agreeing to contribute to a common fund and to meet their emergency needs on the basis of mutual help. They pool their resources to become financially stable, taking loans from the money collected by that group and by making everybody in that group self-employed.

The group members use collective wisdom and peer pressure to ensure proper end-use of credit and timely repayment. This system eliminates the need for Collateral and is closely related to that of solidarity, widely used by micro finance institutions. To make the bookkeeping simple, flat interest rates are used for most loan calculations.

We continue to mobilize more community members to form groups and create their small village banks where they can get loans to start or grow their businesses. 

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