THE FORMATION: The Guardian Angels Burial Society is made up of a group of young mothers who were friends before they decided to start a stokvel. They thought it would be a great idea to start a burial society as they didn’t want to rely on their parents to have to take funeral policies out for them.
They wanted to help one another become self-sufficient but realised that it’s not always easy to save on one’s own, so they started their stokvel to help each other financially when they or their family members pass away.
THE MEETINGS: The group meets on the second Saturday of every month and each member contributes R170. They usually take turns to host the meeting and it is required that every member of the society host the monthly meeting at some point.
When they arrive at the host member’s house, they usually open proceedings with a prayer, give their contributions and then have discussions about their savings or lives in general.
MONEY MATTERS: Members can deposit their monthly contributions directly into the society’s bank account and provide proof of payment, or they can give the cash if they do not have internet or mobile banking.
The group also has a savings account for birthdays. Members contribute R100 towards the member’s birthday and the person can then use the money as they wish.
THE RULES: Respect and being on time are the two most important rules of Guardian Angels Burial Society. They have a zero-tolerance policy for late-comers to a meeting – a member can only be 15 minutes late.
If a member doesn’t make it in that time, they must pay a fine of R50 which goes into the club’s bank account. When a member cannot make it to the meeting, they are required to let the other members know and find a way to send or deposit their contribution for that month.
NAME: Guardian Angels Burial Society LOCATION: Katlehong, Johannesburg MEMBERS: 27 CONTRIBUTION: R170 MEETINGS: Monthly FORMED: 2019
Stokvel Corner: Guardian Angels Burial Society is based in Katlehong, Johannesburg, but not all its members are originally from the area and not all of them have families residing in Gauteng.
So, when a member, or one of their family members, passes away the women do not only give support in terms of money that has been saved for the funeral, they also organise transport to go to wherever the funeral is going to be so that they can provide physical and moral support to one another.
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