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Self Help Groups

Description

This project was ini­tial­ly designed as an emer­gency response dur­ing the first lock­down. Dur­ing this time pub­lic trans­port was dif­fi­cult and the future of many peo­ple seamed to be inse­cure. The Self Help Group (SHG) project is a mul­ti-input resilience project which start­ed by form­ing 8 small groups of 20 peo­ple per group in the com­mu­ni­ties of Lubani, Mabi­ra, Bubu­go, Nabukosi, Kilan­ga and Lumuli. The idea was to bring togeth­er peo­ple of sim­i­lar inter­ests with the inten­tion of solv­ing their com­mon chal­lenges using the bicy­cle as a com­mon denom­i­na­tor but with sav­ing as a dri­ving fac­tor. How­ev­er, since bicy­cles can­not car­ry much load by the nature of their design, 4 Car­go Bikes were dis­trib­uted to the group mem­bers, espe­cial­ly those trad­ing agri­cul­tur­al prod­ucts, to ease their access to mar­kets. It is imper­a­tive to note that these are doing tremen­dous strides espe­cial­ly in trans­port­ing agri­cul­tur­al prod­ucts from the gar­dens to mar­kets dur­ing this lock­down peri­od where pub­lic trans­port has been banned. Addi­tion­al­ly, the train­ings in finan­cial man­age­ment and the com­mon sav­ings enabled many peo­ple to bun­dle their mon­ey and start small busi­ness­es. Besides that, also soft skills like respon­si­bil­i­ty, team work, trans­paren­cy and respect shall be trans­mit­ted to the vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties. The project was run­ning so well that in 2022 FABIO decid­ed to con­tin­ue and expand it by build­ing new SHGs in dif­fer­ent communities. 

Evaluation

The major­i­ty of our SHG ben­e­fi­cia­ries is using the bicy­cles to fetch water for brick lay­ing, fetch­ing ani­mal feeds, access­ing gar­dens and mar­kets for their prod­ucts. This has increased their income per capi­ta and hence improved their liveli­hoods. This has enabled many of them to save in the Self Help Groups and from which they can bor­row mon­ey to start their own small businesses.

Success Stories