Epilepsy support association uganda

SUCESSS STORIES

THE SUCCESS OF METU ESAU BRANCH-MOYO DISTRICT

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Metu is one of the sub counties in Moyo District where ESAU operates and has been able to sustain her self socially, politically and economically. The word METU has a cultural background as a place of fortune where cultural leaders, medicine men go and practice traditional events. It is believed that incase of long drought spell, rainmakers converge in that place (METU) to pray for the rain.

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On 1st March 2002, Metu branch members held a meeting, elected their leaders, wrote a constitution and passed a resolution to begin a savings scheme. They requested for help through the skills given to them by ESAU and managed to get shs300,000 to buy medication. The money, which was put on the Association account, was used to buy medication and the rest was loaned out to eligible members. The money was topped up by shs500 monthly membership contribution which had been accumulated in the previous months.

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Membership
\r\nMETU has 4 parishes and 52 villages. The 4 parishes are well represented on the committee. To be a member of the Association, a membership of shs2,000 has to be paid and a membership card is issued.

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Legality of (Metu Epilepsy Support Association) MESA
\r\nMetu Epilepsy Support Association is registered with Metu Sub County and is recognized as a CBO. It is allowed to carry out all her activities legally and in has the support of the Sub County in all her developmental activities.

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The Association is guided by their constitution, their leaders who are elected every after 3 years of office and presided over by ESAU secretariat staff.

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METU Savings Scheme
\r\nAny person who has a membership card qualifies to be a member of the scheme. However, to qualify for the loan, there are certain procedures one has to follow and some requirements have to be fulfilled. These include

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  • ESAU Membership card
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  • shs2,000 has to be paid for members and shs4,000 for non members
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  • Must have a witness  
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The eligible member who fulfills all the requirements has to submit his or her application either verbally or in written form to the committee a month before the next sitting. Members always meet on the 3rd of every month. When a member takes a loan, there are important issues which the committee emphasizes to the members   

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