STOKVELS ARE A PILLAR OF OUR SOCIETY
FROM the time I was born, I was called a stokvel baby. This is because my late mother’s stokvel, Leseding Women’s Club, was formed on her bedside after she had just given birth to me. Even though it was a joyous occasion, she and her friends decided to form this stokvel to help each other in times of bereavement.
Back then, funeral policies were not as popular as they are today. So in order for a person to have a dignified funeral, they needed to belong to a stokvel. They made monthly contributions to the stokvel and saved the money in case someone passed away.
Driven by the spirit of ubuntu, they also decided that should a member of their stokvel or relative pass away, they would help with preparations leading up to the funeral. They would cook and help tidy up afterwards.
When my mother passed away five years ago, her stokvel members were so emotional because their society was as old as I was and had made sure that many got dignified funerals through their unity.
So sentimental was this to us, as a family, that my sister took over on behalf of my mother because she saw the role that the stokvel played during the time of our bereavement.
Besides being there for members in times of need, the stokvel engaged in fun activities to strengthen their bond. They always made an occasion of their year-end party and went on holiday together. Stokvels enhance social engagements and help build communities. No one understands this better than us here at Move! and that is why the birth of Move! Stokvel Magazine is important to us.
Times have changed and stokvels no longer operate the way they did in my mother’s time. People are smarter and technology has improved, but problems will always be there.
In this edition, we answer all the questions you have about stokvels – from starting a stokvel to growing your money and handling conflict. We have covered all the things that can make or break your stokvel.
If you currently belong to a stokvel or think of joining one, then this book will come in handy.
Stokvels are not only important to us but to the financial well-being of the country as they contribute about R45-billion to the economy.
Now seat back, relax and page on. You’ll empower not only yourself but your stokvel. A wealth of information lies in these pages and you know what? It’s for keeps and you can apply the knowledge you get in your stokvel. Knowledge is power, so empower yourself with this book filled with practical advice.
My wish is that you come back and tell me how this book has changed your life or stokvel. Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org This is a life-changing issue. Take care!