If you don’t provide women with adequate access to healthcare, education and employment, you lose at least half of your potential.” – Michelle Bachelet, Former President of Chile and former Executive Director of UN Women.
Many women in Uganda do not own land or property, which makes it hard for them to engage in meaningful businesses to improve their lives and those of their families. To try to gain more financial stability for themselves and their families, many women start small-scale businesses such as selling groceries, fruit, second-hand clothing, charcoal or firewood.
Access to credit and loans from banks is a huge barrier for most women. Many micro-finance institutions are hesitant to support them because they lack collateral and organised business plans. Furthermore, many women face being completely devoid of assets and resources if their husband abandons them, because men usually control all the finances and assets of the family. Women and girls are frequently unable to complete their education, so they can’t learn useful employable skills. This means they face huge financial difficulty in finding a job, making them totally reliant on their spouses and/or families for economic support.
Our Economic Empowerment programme strives to empower Ugandan women