When women own their own businesses, they are empowered to make a difference in their community. HOCW has an active tailoring program that educates women to sew and obtain a valuable skill. They recently added a Cantina, where the women's handicrafts are sold. A fabric business is a missing link between these two successful enterprises. There is a group of women refugees from the Congo who have access to beautiful Kitenge fabric from the Congo and have a natural sales outlet for the fabric.
Uganda has received the largest influx of refugees of any African country in 2017. There is little opportunity for employment and resources are scarce. Women must create their own means of employment.
Creating a small business allows women to control their income and provide for their community. When women have income, they reinvest 90% back into their children and families. If they are successful entrepreneurs, they will also provide income and employment for more women.
Through offering these opportunities, HOCW helps facilitate refugees' integration into society and independence in their new country. Being able to support one's family is often a first step toward healing the emotional scars of war and conflict. Preparing parents and families to work and be successful also breaks the cycle of poverty.