Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda

by Volunteer Action Network
Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda
Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda
Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda
Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda
Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda
Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda
Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda
Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda
Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda
Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda
Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda
Finance Microloans to Empower Women in Uganda
Support 650 women agro loans
Support 650 women agro loans

We supported 650 smallholder farmers thruogh training and financing their agro projects and making seeds available to enable them to plant and mitigate the rooming food insecurity in the region and also opening their micro business to support their daily family needs

Our smallholder farmers in Northern Uganda are disproportionately at risk of food insecurity themselves, with low incomes and restricted movements a major reason for that. The COVID-19 Crisis has greatly affected their ability to produce food at a time when food supply should remain adequate for everyone in the region.

Hunger and malnutrition continue to be the greater enemy, which the pandemic threatens to capitalize on as the fuel for further devastation. Therefore, we have realigned our priorities to give the right to food its due prominence which is the best hope against a COVID-19 pandemic for which there exists no known antidote to date.

You supported women’s economic independence through provision of micro loan at the time need most 

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Women reopen their small business using microloans
Women reopen their small business using microloans
Business instills self reliance among women
Business instills self reliance among women

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Annet
Annet
“I lacked hope because everyone around me kept saying I’m a mare woman so I don’t matter’ attending VacNet training and getting our to start my business “I feel my whole world has changed I can support and contribute to my family,” Says Annet.
From the training, I learned that  Obstacles can only delay us, but they cannot end our dreams unless we allow them. Now I'm determined to flee my family from poverty. I have opened my small business and I want to grow it we are very happy for the first time in my family, now my children will have a better future. Says Annet
Our investment in empowering women farmers has a variety of positive impacts across the different levels of social and economic structures enhancing women’s decision-making power and control over assets within and helping to raise productivity and food security.
To achieve this we need to support women with tools and resources that can transform them from subsistence farmers to agro-business investors. 

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Agather
Agather

Agather aged 39, is a widow with three children and seven other dependents all are refugees who settled in Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Together with the other five members formed a self-help group Women Group. She says VAC-NET came at a time she needed a hand to hold her from collapsing. “I was having a timber business in the Democratic Republic of Congo when I lost all I had to the soldiers that confiscated all my timber and took all the money I had. It was a trying moment and I was on the verge of giving up on life as I had completely nothing. I and my family ran away from violent conflict in our country and we settled in Gulu.

A friend of hers invited her for training. It was about addressing the mindset. A number of facilitators talked and gave them hope and encouraged them to look at things from a positive angle. The facilitators told the story of a Bumble Bee that manages to fly even when many people thought it had no ability to fly. This motivated Agather and she started imagining herself holding millions of shillings again. During the training, she learned about business Selection and Projected Income Statements that enabled her to identify the business opportunity of growing and selling Rice.

After the training, she requests an agro loan of $350 and used it to buy rice for selling; and used the balance to hire and prepare land for growing beans and maize and UGX800,000 for paying school fees. After harvesting, she raised 2.4 million shillings from two tonnes of beans and one tonne of maize and also continued buying and selling Rice.

She has since diversified into a big supplier of produce linking the buyers from Gulu in Uganda with those in neighboring DRC who need all most food. She has been consistently working in this field and her daily sales range between UGX300,000 and UGX800,000 per day.

Agather currently employs 4 workers. She has a daughter at University where she pays her tuition, 

"I was on the verge of giving up on life,"  Says: Agather

Women like Agather inspire us to do more and we thank you for your continued support using the power of microloans and education women can break the cycle of poverty and support their communities. Your thoughtful investment not only brings hope but it facilitates sustainable empowerment for women.

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Lilly
Lilly

"I started like any other member of my group, we are all successful but our level of success is different when we received the training in business skills, I practiced what I learned, keeping records, budgeting, and saving. After 3 years my business and family are stable and I feel proud that I'm self-reliant now"  Says Moreen.

Moreen aged 39, is a widow with three children and seven other dependents; all are refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Moreen, with the other five members, formed a business group. She says the program came at a time she needed a hand to hold her from collapsing. “I had a timber business in the Democratic Republic of Congo when I lost all I had to the soldiers. I was on the verge of giving up on life as I had completely nothing.

A friend invited her to a business skill training organized by Volunteer Action Network and WGEF training; a number of facilitators spoke and gave them hope, encouraging them to look at things from a positive angle. The facilitators told the story of a Bumble Bee that manages to fly even when many people thought it had no ability to fly. This motivated Moreen. During the training, she learned about Enterprise Selection and Projected Income Statement that enabled her to identify the business opportunity of growing and selling coffee.

After the training, she requested an agro loan of $320  and used it to buy coffee for selling; and used the balance to hire and prepare the land for growing beans and maize and $217 for paying school fees. After harvesting, she raised $800 from two tons of beans and one ton of maize and also continued buying and selling coffee. Moreen has since diversified into a big supplier of produce linking the buyers from Gulu in Uganda with those in neighboring DRC who need all most food. Since 2016, she has been consistently working in this field, and her daily sales approximately $81 per day. Her businesses are now is worth over $1500 (USD). Moreen currently employs 4 workers. She has a daughter at the university where she pays tuition of $400 per semester and another child in A-level. She is now very influential in her group and community as a whole.

"I started like any other member of my group, we are all successful but our level of success is different when we received the training in business skills, I practiced what I learned, keeping records, budgeting, and saving. After 3 years my business and family are stable and I feel proud that I'm self-reliant now"  Says Moreen..

Despite the uncertainties presented by 2020 with a global pandemic, It is clear: the economic and social toll of Covid-19 affected women and girls disproportionately, we are grateful together we were able to support 1,422 microloans, these included supporting women to restart their business that was affected by the effects of the pandemic. Many women reported positive stories.

“I’m confident I will be able to take care of myself, educate my children and support my family despite the effects of Corona I will stand again because I have the skills and experience plus access to resources,” Sarah says 

Women like Moreen is the reason why microloans and women’s empowerment is important because the benefits lift the entire community. We are committed to continuing to support women with the tools they need to achieve self-reliance and we cannot do it without your thoughtful partnership and investment. Consider investing $50 to enable women in Uganda to enable her to start a business 

Akello
Akello
monica
monica

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Sarah
Sarah

It is clear: the economic and social toll of Covid-19 is being paid disproportionately by women and girls. We have to Learnt from the positive brought about by the pandemic we have a chance to recreate a more just world. Economic empowerment and embracing women's rights and gender equity is the ways to go

We are starting from where COVID-19 lockdown left us, - our business we’re affected but we are safe and healthy ready to walk again” women like Sara is safely and smartly rebuilding their businesses.

Sarah like many women in Omoro-Uganda is not only doing business but providing solutions that are so needed, they saw locally made face masks to save lives but also make a living to support their families. That’s why we do this important work supporting women and their families who have proved resilient! Many have embarked on their journey again to restart their businesses and join marketplaces that recently opened after easing coronavirus restrictions.


We are providing microloans to enable women to restart their businesses, provide solutions, and possibilities a $50 microloan can help a woman to reopen her business and take care of her family it’s easy and safe. A small push with microloans in the range of $50-$100 can stabilize their businesses, build capital, and support their families. It’s the safest investment that is producing produce sustainable empowerment.


“I’m confident I will be able to take care of myself, educate my children and support my family despite the effects of Corona I will stand again because I have the skills and experience plus access to resources,” Sarah says

We need to support 200 women with microloans to support them to restart their businesses and continue to support their children and families, but we cannot do it without your generous donation.

Micro loan distribution
Micro loan distribution

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Volunteer Action Network

Location: Gulu - Uganda
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Project Leader:
Bukenya Muusa
Gulu, Uganda
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