This project will empower 200 HIV+ teenage Mothers and PWDs by equipping them with vocational, entrepreneurial and business management skills. It will help them break the cycle of poverty and boost their economic development through increasing their access to financing in form of loans. This will effectively help them manage and run their own new preferred businesses and will enable them live a self supportive life hence creating a impact in their lives, families and the community.
Many HIV+ teenage mothers and PWDs live very unspeakable lives. They face challenges such as; discrimination from their closest relatives, friends, marriage partners, lack access to basic healthcare services, economic opportunities and are left to struggle for their families. It should be noted that over 30 percent of teenage mothers and PWDs in Uganda live with HIV. The unreliable sources of income make their daily lives worse as they cannot meet their daily needs and support their families.
10 groups comprising of 20 women each will be created and trained in different vocational and entrepreneurial skills. They will then be supported with start-up capital for their new businesses. Beneficiaries will be engaged in several initiatives such as; cookery, craft, soap, candle making and goat rearing . Profits from these businesses will be used as supplementary income to beneficiary's families and will become self-reliant. Guidance and counseling will also be offered to the beneficiaries
200 teenage mothers and PWDs will be empowered to find sustainable livelihoods and benefits enough to support themselves and their families, stopping the cycle of poverty, discrimination cases and living descent and better dignified lives.