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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
SaveAct operations manager for KwaZulu-Natal Dr Sazile Mtshali has a PhD focused on rural livelihoods in KwaZulu-Natal. She also has many years’ experience of teaching in the field of rural development, including agriculture and home economics. To commemorate Women’s Day 2016, Dr Mtshali shares her reflections on the value of SaveAct’s work for its female members and why she’s proud of the work she does.