Hard to believe we are nearly half way through 2011! Our biggest hurdle right now is to find funding for 2012, so whoever is reading this, please go to our Donate Now page and make whatever contribution you can afford. Every little bit helps!
We are also in the midst of organizing chairperson meetings, especially in Jeffreys Bay, Humansdorp and Thornhill. Next year, we plan on handing over group formation and monitoring to community mobilizers in JBay. After 2012, we will do the same for Humansdorp and Thornhill. We want to engage with our membership to get their input on how best to go about this transition. We feel that the community mobilizers could charge a small fee for their service to new groups. What that fee should be and how it is paid are topics we want to discuss.
We touched base with our 20 graduated groups in the last month to collect data from them. We found that not only are all the groups still functioning, but also they experienced an 18% growth in new members! The 20 groups have saved a total of R 332,169 and enjoy a return on savings of 31%! We are very proud of them….and they are proud of themselves!
As always, stay tuned for more news!