The SOLHUB

Published on June 29, 2014 um 23:54

Summary of your idea

Through the Self Help Hub (SHH) my focus is on organizing under-resourced women into small groups through a process of social mobilization, training and providing bank credit. Direct impact contributes to the economic development of under-resourced communities by assisting women who are breadwinners and dependent on the government grant to increase their income through arts and crafts. Objectives The main objective of the model is to improve the economic development of women and create an environment that facilitates their social transformation. - Art & craft skills training - Capacity development for women - Job creation through exhibition and product development - Ongoing Coaching & Mentorship - Community arts projects & the promotion of arts and culture Innovative Approach With a focus on organizing under-resourced women having homogenous social and economic background into small groups, training on income generating activities, trading, exhibiting the produced material and saving small amounts of money through the profits. The money saved contributes to the Hub fund which, members may apply for a loan to meet emergency needs on mutual help basis and pay back within two months of receipt. The fund cycle runs for 6 months and cashed at the end of the 6 months period and distributed accordingly amongst each member. Activities Training includes: - The use of recycled materials - Beading - Crocheting - Craft Making - Pottery - Permaculture - Leadership Training - Sales & Marketing - Finance Management & Budgeting - Ongoing Life Coaching & Mentorship

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

These Hubs are not only speeding up economic growth but also providing jobs and improving the quality of life towards self-reliance. Self employment needs a wide ranging and comprehensive set of activities, relevant to all aspects of the economy and covering skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled individuals. Even though some members may have had an attempt at putting the entrepreneurial skills for income generating purposes, their economic status has not improved to their expected level. Although they have much potential, they may be ignorant of converting their skills into reality. Targets Self Help Hub Formation - Boksburg, Germiston, Diepsloot, Orange Farm, Sebokeng and Vosloorus in Gauteng Province, South Africa 20 women per Hub. Total = 120 women With the success of this idea, it has potential to duplicate nationally and internationally. Monitoring & Evaluation 1) Pre, mid and end questionnaires and profits generated for project evaluation. 2) Maintaining an attendance register for each group to monitor consistency of attendance and therefore commitment. 3) Recording notes from each session to monitor the progress of the Hubs and individuals within. 4) Monitoring the produced arts & crafts materials, the targeted profits per month against the actual material and profits generated on a monthly basis. 5) Monitoring budgeted expenditure against actual expenses throughout the program. 6) Income based evidence, income that the members generate over time. Case histories would be available within the limitations of confidentiality. 7) Ongoing coaching and mentorship of members to identify any issues or common themes that are presenting in Hubs and the opportunity to discuss these and gain feedback and alternative approaches that can be used. 8) An integrated statistical, financial and human resources system using QuickBooks, Payroll and MS Access.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

The Self Help Hub model focuses on organizing under-resourced women having homogenous social and economic background into small groups, training on income generating activities, trading, exhibiting the produced material and saving small amounts of money through the profits. The money saved contributes to the Hub fund, which, members may apply for a loan to meet emergency needs on mutual help basis and pay back within two months of receipt. The fund cycle runs for 6 months and cashed at the end of the 6 months period and distributed accordingly amongst each member. The process: The SHH is composed of 20 members through a selection process. Selection is based is based on the following criteria: Members must: 1. Be female 2. Caregiver of a child/ren between 0 18 years old 3. Be willing to learn new skills for income generating purposes. Members must understand that their commitment & effort will determine the income and profits generated. The members assign a group name and develop the Hub Code of Conduct, which it is governed by. Skills based training engages members in developing Small Micro Medium enterprises (SMME). This creates life-changing opportunities and empowers the local community to become self-sufficient. The Hub also serves as a womans social club. Collaborators - White and Black Integrated, an art and design company. - Fulufhelo Mobadi, a photographer & curator - Department of Social Development - Department of Trade & Industry

Your profile

My name is Mbalenhle Nkosi, I'm 27 years old from Vosloorus in Gauteng. I developed this idea to promote the concept of community development. As a response to the circumstances of under resourced families who had lost hope and were relying on "hand-outs". With no clear purpose or reason for being the caregivers (mostly women) would seek external sources to justify their circumstances & trapped in despair. During my direct work with people living in informal settlements and the farms this idea was inspired; to establish a strong self help organisation that would uplift and empower the most vulnerable I.e. caregivers & their children. The Seed of Life HUB is derived from planting seeds of hope, was established to contribute in changing mind sets, taking responsibility and helping people get themselves out of poverty by providing, resources, information, support and promoting community collaborations for the enrichment of people's lives.

Stage of Idea

start-up stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

poverty reduction, empowerment of women

Boksburg Hub Members

Sample of Produced Materials

Sample of Produced Material

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