Lend­ing each other A HELP­ING HAND

Mem­bers of Reapele Burial So­ci­ety are there for each other in tough times

Move! - - STOKVEL - By Vin­cent Phahlane

WHY DID YOU FORM THE CLUB?

The stokvel was formed to as­sist one an­other in good and bad times. How­ever, af­ter we re­alised that most fam­i­lies in our com­mu­nity could not af­ford to bury their loved ones, we de­cided to op­er­ate as a burial so­ci­ety.

The stokvel is mainly aimed at sav­ing money in or­der for the mem­bers to bury their loved ones with dig­nity.

HOW DOES THE GROUP OP­ER­ATE?

We op­er­ate as both a sav­ings and burial stokvel. We meet once a month and ad­dress is­sues that we face in the stokvel.

We also dis­cuss new ways to im­prove our stokvel, each mem­ber’s life and the com­mu­nity. On the day we meet, each mem­ber con­trib­utes to­wards food and re­fresh­ments.

WHAT ARE YOUR CHAL­LENGES?

Our big­gest chal­lenge is un­em­ploy­ment.

Some mem­bers strug­gle to find jobs and can’t af­ford to pay their monthly con­tri­bu­tions. How­ever, we have de­cided to let them con­tinue with the stokvel.

We have, how­ever, ap­proached var­i­ous en­ti­ties in a bid to as­sist the mem­bers and their fam­i­lies fi­nan­cially.

WHAT ARE YOUR FU­TURE PLANS?

We want to grow the stokvel so that mem­bers can be able to buy their own houses and cars.

We have done so much and we are proud of our achieve­ments thus far. But we are also plan­ning to make 2019 the year of our achieve­ments by aim­ing high and work­ing to­gether as a stokvel so that ev­ery mem­ber can ben­e­fit.

NAME: Reapele Burial So­ci­ety FORMED: 2015 LO­CA­TION: Kag­iso MEET­ING: First week of the month CON­TRI­BU­TION: R200 MEM­BERS: 13

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