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 to become financially independent, and equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge to manage their own businesses successfully.
This project ran from 2009-2015 and used capacity-building in business skills and management..
S.E.E. – Vocational Training for Girl School Dropouts
Our SEE (Support for Economic Empowerment) engaged 160 female school dropouts ..
Star Durable Pads was launched in April 2017 as a social enterprise project in response to an urgent need for menstrual products for girls and women here in Uganda. Many girls and women lack access or are unable to afford menstrual products, and are left with no option but to leave school or work. Many have to resort to using unhygienic or uncomfortable items like rags to manage their menstruation.
We aim to break down this barrier to women’s prosperity, education and empowerment with our reusable and affordable pads. Only when girls are enabled to fulfil their potential will the future success of families, communities and the country be secured.