Money Fo Sho Pilot

Our team has been preparing our Money Fo’ Sho’ training programme for a long time now and finally, in a flash, it all came together.  We ran our first training pilot from the 8th to the 13th of September and all I can say is that it was nothing short of BRILLIANT!

So let me tell you briefly what this training thing is all about. Money Fo’ Sho’ is designed to teach people in LSM 1-5 basic Financial Literacy skills.  We cover budgeting, managing credit, savings and finally, personal risk management.  It’s designed entirely in a picture-based way, so people of all languages and literacy levels can access it!

So this piloting week was just SO cool!. I had the most amazing 5 days while training Money Fo’ Sho’ in Soweto.  Each day we had 12 to 17 people who attended the training; they were from a variety of different backgrounds and between the ages of 18 and 50!  These were the type of people who really have nothing in their lives, the majority of the people were unemployed and some have not even finished high school, but let me tell you – that didn’t stop them from having dreams and goals. The type of goal most of them had was to go back to school and finish their studies, to one day start their on business.

Let me break it down for you…

Day 1:  In Meadowlands – I had such a great day watching the people just getting to know one another.  They worked so amazingly in their group activities and shared all their ideas.  One of my overwhelming moments was meeting one old lady who earns a monthly income of R150 selling packet of chips and sweets. She and her husband get no grant from the government and they are not old enough to get a pension yet.  She was so willing to learn and refused to give up; her main interest was the budget session but the group activities also gripped her.  She told me that she feels empowered now by knowing where her money goes and her goal is to run her own Tuck Shop.

Days 2 & 3:  Both in Orlando East and West. Those two days were very different from the first because there were a lot of debates about what each person in the group knows and their past experiences.  The way I see it, it was a great thing because each delegate learnt a lot from each other and it kept the room alive, while the learning still came across powerfully.

Day 4:  In Doornkop. This was a moment I will never forget… We had 100 people show up for training when we were only expecting 16, but we managed the situation and after a lot of apologies for misunderstandings, and some serious negotiation we ended up training 17 very happy people!

Day 5:  Also in Droonkop.  We had a great turn-out for a Saturday.  The delegates didn’t mind being there on a Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  One of them even said they are having so much fun they could do it every Saturday!  Everyone got so involved in the group activities and at the end of the day they all said this was a great way to spend a Saturday, better than sitting at home doing nothing.

My highlights of the week were watching the guys identifying their own lives on the colourful table-cloth in front of them; this brought forward their current situation, their fears and their goals & dreams.  Also seeing how the delegates found different ways to cut costs and how to make more money was a very rewarding experience, but the budget sheet was the biggest hit with everyone because now they could clearly see where their money is going and they could take constructive formulas back to their families.  Seeing the different ways of how to save helped these guys, because in order for them to reach their goals and dreams they would have to start saving properly.  The energy in the room was amazing the entire week and people walked away feeling empowered.  I closed off the day by letting everyone share their long and short term goals, and briefly plan how they are going to start achieving them.

We have a very powerful course here, the impact it had in the different training venues was enormous and the people kept asking when we will come back again.  A lot of people need this type of training and knowledge, so the answer is soon!

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This post was written by admin on September 25, 2008

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