The gift of independence

When Germany-based political activist Angela Mai was introduced to SaveAct in 2007, the concept of savings and credit groups made 'huge sense', resonating with her belief, born of many years in development work, in the importance of giving people greater control over their own lives. She spoke to Sharon Dell about the joy of investing in people.

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Learning Opportunity: Sustainable Microfinance and Development Program South Africa

The UNH Carsey School of Public Policy in partnership with VSL Associates and Save-Act will offer the Sustainable Microfinance and Development Program South Africa, a special two-week workshop devoted to Savings Groups in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. It will take place from March 27 to April 27. Scholarship applications close on 17 February 2017, while general applications close on March 6.

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ACTSA grant marks positive start to 2017

SaveAct was among a number of NGOs, development organisations and educational institutions to receive a grant yesterday from Action for Southern Africa-Wales/CYMRU at what has become its annual presentation ceremony.

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Groups share testimonies at Siyakhula-Sonke celebration

A number of SaveAct-led savings and credit groups had an opportunity to share their inspiring testimonies from the past year during the annual thanksgiving celebration hosted by SaveAct partner organisation Siyakhula Sonke in early December 2016. Despite the rainy weather, there was a definite sense of celebration and achievement at the event held in the Pinetown Methodist Church.

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Video: SaveAct celebrates local farming innovation

SaveAct celebrated International Farmer Innovation Day on 29 November by profiling the story of Mr Lefipha Edwin Skhosana, an Eastern Cape farmer who is a member of a SaveAct-led enterprise focus group and a savings and credit group member. Watch a short video in which he relates his experiences. (December 2016)

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Farming support for women and youth

SaveAct hosted a visit to KwaZulu-Natal in early November by two staff members of Praekelt.org Pippa Yeats and Luke Shankland. The delegation visited two sites: Nzinga village in Impendle where they witnessed a meeting of the Inamandla Savings Group; and Centocow, where they visited a couple of women who are part of a potato enterprise focus group, and a group of youths who have formed a maize enterprise focus group.

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Disability: How can we be more inclusive?

On the back of strong commitment from SaveAct and its partners to embrace the issue of disability, it was agreed at the recent 2016 Annual Partners' Meeting that staff would start to systematically track the number of disabled members in savings and credit groups as one indicator of inclusivity.

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Video: Women smallholder farmers in South Africa

This short video captures, in their own words, some of the impressive achievements of two enterprising smallholder women farmers who have used the opportunities presented by SaveAct programmes to improve household finances and food security, as well as generate income through a poultry-producing enterprise.

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