Self-help group members pass their savings to the group leader during a weekly meeting. Photo: Cally Spittle/Tearfund

From: Mobilising local resources – Footsteps 93

Making the most of what we have, sharing it and increasing it

Within the local community there are often many valuable sources of information. 

Older people in particular are often a huge store of information about the local environment, cultural traditions and customs, and the uses of local plants and animals, particularly for their medicinal qualities.

There is a saying that:

‘Each time an old person dies, a whole library of information dies with them.’

To prevent this loss, we need to consider how to mobilise the local knowledge that we currently have, making the most of this rich resource all around us.

Group discussion 

Material adapted from PILLARS – Building the capacity of local groups.

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