Saylici committed to present the Self Help Group Approach (SHG) before the Cabinet Ministers for its consideration on the Somaliland development agenda.
Network against FGM/C (NAFIS Network) in collaboration with Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MOLSA) held the launching ceremony of Self Help Group (SHG) at Mansoor Hotel in Hargeisa Somaliland. The ceremony attracted more than 2500 people including the vice president of Somaliland H.E Mr. Abdirahman Ismail Saylici, the state minister of MOLSA, Mr. Abdi Dahir Amud, the Vice Minister of Planning Mr. Kaiser, and Minister of Religious Affairs (MORA) Sh. Osman, Vice minister of Information Ms. Shukri Harir Ismail, Vice Chair of Kulmiye Party Mr. Mohamed Kahin Abdi, International organizations, national organizations, the UN agencies and self help group promoting organizations.
Mr. Abdirahman Gaas the Executive Director of NAFIS Network explained that Self Help Group approach was initiated by NAFIS in 2013 in Somaliland. The SHG approach created more than 8000 new business from the group savings and more than 12,000 households benefit from it: ‘The SHG approach is a sustainable method of empowering the vulnerable and marginalized people socially, economically and politically. The approach also has a direct reflection to the poverty reduction and improving the wellbeing citizens from community to national levels. Gaas called upon the government to promote the approach and adapt it in the national development agenda.
Mr. Khaled Sa’ad Hirsi, the National Coordinator of Self Help Group informed that SHG generated in 2013 income of 3200 USD in November and December, in 2014 110,900 USD, in 2015 412,980 USD and in 2016 1,680,00 USD. The SHG group members established businesses in Animal fating, Animal retailing, Banana selling, Butcher, Cloth selling, Grass selling, Milk selling, Home decorations. These businesses changed the lives, attitude and ambition of the SHG group members as stated “Today all the SHG members have business ideas, they have dreams and they have targets in their lives, Khaled".
The four Ministries and other guest speakers fully endorsed the SHG approach and committed to support it because it was profitable and changed the lives of so many poor people who previously could not afford to pay school fees for but, because of the SHG, can pay the tuition fees, medical and other expenses of their children and even more participated the contributions of the to the last draught that affected some parts of Somaliland.
The vice president of Somaliland Mr. Abdirahman Ismail Saylici on his closing remarks stated "I am very excited today by seeing all these women who organize themselves and make this remarkable achievements without getting any financial assistance from elsewhere, I'm also appreciating the organizations worked in this concept. I am really proud of your efforts and behalf of the government I'm here announcing that we recognized the important of this concept, we will present to the cabinet of the ministries after the line ministries worked on it to encourage at national level".
The self help group was introduced in year 2013 by Kindernothilfe (KNH) Germany, orientation workshop were held in Hargeisa paricipated by more 23 local organizations working in Somaliland. Now eleven (11) organizations working on the implementation of this concept in Somaliland. The three basic major principles of this concept are:
1. Every human being has tremendous, God-given potential. This hidden potential in the poor can be unleashed if the right environment is provided. Society has pushed certain sections of her people to the Margin saying that they are “No good”. These vulnerable and marginalised sections slowly accept and internalize the state they are thrown into. The SHG process helps them question this state and come out of it step by step.
2. As an individual the poor are voiceless, powerless and vulnerable. By bringing them together as a homogenous collective aware of their rights, they have tremendous strength.
3. The SHG approach is all about rebuilding strong and homogenous communities thereby bringing people together and empowering them. “Value systems” that were broken and abandoned are systematically restored in the community