Before joining an SHG, Meseret was in the clutches of poverty. Her husband Belay’s labourer salary provided scraps of food and they slept on the floor with no possessions.
Being in an SHG has seen Meseret go from strength to strength. Meseret used a loan to start selling charcoal and invested the profits to buy materials to make handicrafts. She’s also set up a hairdressing venture and has plans to open a shop. As well as being able to feed her children three times a day, Meseret now has a new roof over her head. She’s also become a Christian and active church member.
Tearfund has been supporting the Ethiopian Kale Heywet church to run SHGs since 2002 and today there are more than 12,000 across Ethiopia, having an impact on more than 1 million people.
They are making more than a dent in Ethiopia’s poverty where 39% of the population live below the poverty line surviving on US$1.25 a day.
To establish, facilitate and support a 20 member SHG costs just £54.20 per group per year, or just £2.71 per Self Help Group member! They’re transforming not only their own lives, but also their families and households; impacting the lives of over 450,000 people in total.
I CAN’T EXPRESS IN WORDS WHAT MY GROUP MEANS TO ME ... I WAS ABLE TO COMPLETELY TRANSFORM MY LIFE AND GIVE MY DAUGHTERS A BETTER FUTURE.
MESERET, SELF HELP GROUP MEMBER