GROW Youth Group Member takes charge of his life
Some of the youth of Khonkhwa village seized the opportunity of joining GROW when they encountered HOPE Humana Mabutsane selling the idea to the community of Khonkhwa. They approached some people in the village who had already joined to find out more about GROW and decided to start their own youth group, TSHIPIDI in 2015.
GROW (Grassroots Building Our Wealth) is a program which aims to empower disadvantaged groups with business and money skills to generate income to support their families. The program is run by Humana People to People in Ghanzi, Selebi-Phikwe and the Mabutsane area in partnership with the European Union (Empowerment of Non-State Actors), and Project Concern International (PCI).
Tshipidi GROW Group was formed in November 2015, and comprises of seven members who are all Out of School Youth. They formed the group with the common goal of empowering themselves. Since they began, the group has managed to save a total of P1800, which they now keep in a bank account at Barclays; and to show their commitment to the group they have met regularly on a weekly basis and kept their subscriptions up to date.
24 year old Thato Tlhakore is a member of this group, and he was living at his Paternal Aunt’s house (Rakgadi) before the Land Board called him for land allocation. He immediately started building his own one room mud brick house at his plot after joining the group. He proudly announced when we visited their group “I now have my own home, ke tsoga teng ha ke riana!” When the group introduced a home improvement initiative, where they support each other to construct their own homes using locally available materials, Thato was the first to benefit. The group assisted him through contributions to purchase window and door frames, and roofing made of corrugated iron sheets. He built his house himself with his own hands, the other group members also helped with the labour. The group has built two houses so far for two group members.
“People in my community respect me now because I have my own house.” He assured us that the house was still a work in progress, as he wants to ensure his home looked a lot better than it does now, and “then next is to invest in a production” he says. He expressed his appreciation of the GROW program and that it has helped him change his life for the better. The group enables them to support each other in different ways; they contribute monthly to the savings and microloan scheme in which each can apply a small loan from, if approved by all without voting. They also support each other on social occasions like funerals and weddings by contributing an agreed amount.