Women and girls in island areas of Uganda are marginalized because of their inability to access gainful employment, resources, and other factors of production, and generally, their inability to access opportunities for their forward progression. This, combined with traditional gender expectations such as childbearing and domestic duties has condemned them to exploitation and wanton poverty, thereby necessitating the crafting of solutions to economically empower them, enhance their employability, and improve their economic status, so as to positively contribute to the development and forward progression of their respective societies.
Our flagship Project “Empowerment of Women and Girls in Hard to Reach Areas of Uganda Through Skilling and Entrepreneurship” is in line with the endeavor to ensure that women and girls have the skills and resources to improve their economic status and move out of poverty. The project is implemented with the aim of addressing the problem of poverty and rampant unemployment in island areas of Uganda, key aspects that have been singled out as sources of the numerous social ills – including but not limited to prostitution, domestic violence, drug abuse, murders and robbery that are becoming rampant among residents in our areas of operation, all of which are a result of the resident’s failure to find viable sources from which to eke a living.
Our Interventions are implemented through the following components;
- Skilling beneficiaries in planning, establishing, and managing successful income-generating activities.
- Livelihood Training – Where we provide beneficiaries with hands-on opportunities, resources, and the tools that they require to operate successful business enterprises
- Mindset Change – Aimed at reorienting the mindset of beneficiaries towards embracing means of production such as mechanized agriculture, hairdressing, and tailoring. Almost all households in island areas depended on fishing and peasant agriculture as sources of livelihood. However, the emergence of the operations to curb illegal fishing has seen many descending into abject poverty. This necessitates the adoption of other income-generating activities in order to create alternative sources of income
- Availing start-up/seed capital to beneficiaries. In the form of resources, materials, and equipment that are availed to the beneficiaries at the end of their training to enable them to put into practice the acumen/knowledge acquired, in line with our endeavor to enable them to start business ventures soon after training.
We give special importance to empowering women and Girls so that they can play a greater role in their households and communities by taking up lead roles in initiating and managing economic activities.