Stokvel puts food on the table

Some members of Vuka Mfati Stokvel. They are Thembi Ngala, Promise Magujwa, Angel Matse, Nomsa Simelane, Margaret Shabangu and Happiness Zuma.

They are members of a stokvel dubbed: Vuka Mfati (loosely translated as “Wake up, women” in SiSwati).

According to Nomsa Simelane, organiser of Vuka Mfati, they share groceries twice a year to make sure families do not run out of food throughout the year.

Meat and grocery hampers delivered to many grateful homes on Saturday.

Simelane explained that they contribute R255 a month and after six months, they go to large supermarkets and buy groceries in bulk.

“Most families around our neighbourhood joined the stokvel as it helps in the time of need. Doing a bulk shop not only gets us far better deals than we could on our own, but it also takes the stress out of monthly grocery bills. If we are careful, the groceries we buy can be made to last a long time. It is a huge help. Lots of our members have very little money and live on in the informal settlement and are responsible for feeding many families members in their houses,” said Simelane.

Vuka Mfati was started in 2012 by the women as a service to the community and to help combat the financial difficulties often associated with the purchasing of groceries. Their next sharing will be in December.

Their organisation has 147 members. Anyone may join the stokvel, but Simelane said they have since stopped recruiting new members as they try to keep membership to a maximum of 150 to prevent the administration from becoming unmanageable. Their stokvel is about more than just saving money for groceries. “Vuka Mfati contributes to the empowerment of women. The members can come and borrow money here to set-up their businesses.

“They pay back with a low-interest rate. Their participation in the stokvel also empowers them to the extent that they break away from a culture of dependence on men. Our members are also there for each other and are supportive of one another when faced with hardship such as the death of a loved one,” Simelane concluded.

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Richard Nkosi
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