Economically empower women in rural Uganda

by Foundation for Inclusive Community Help (FICH) Vetted since 2017

Summary

This project will assist Women Empowered in Business (WEB) Soya to invest in materials and its current 32 members. Based in the Northern region of Uganda, WEB Soya is a women owned and operated business producing soya flour and cakes. WEB Soya was founded to give rural, women farmers the ability to add value to their product, gain more income, and attain business acumen. The WEB Soya women are suppliers, employees, leaders, and beneficiaries of the business. It hopes to expand to more women soon

$33,500
total goal
$32,516
remaining
6
donors
0
monthly donors
2
months

Challenge

In Uganda, girls and women have comparatively low literacy levels which constrain women's economic opportunities and manifests in poverty and gender inequality. Women are less likely to be employed and men are typically the breadwinners. This dynamic places women at risk of gender-based violence, low decision-making power, and dependency on male relatives. However, women are skilled farmers. They are poised to benefit from learning business skills and methods of adding value to their produce.

Solution

WEB Soya empowers rural women by involving them in the entire process. First, WEB Soya purchases soya beans from women farmers. Then, the women are employed to make flour, bake cakes, and act as sales agents. Finally, 60% of the profits are reinvested in the business and 40% contribute to a revolving fund which WEB Soya women can access to get small-scale loans. Throughout the process, WEB Soya trains the women on vocational skills, business skills, financial literacy, and empowerment.

Long-Term Impact

There will be more socially and economically empowered women who can create employment opportunities and take leadership roles in the community. This will lead to greater community economic development. The project will also improve women's access to resources empowering them to gain the knowledge they need to provide for their family's education and health. This will lead to greater community health, education, and gender equality.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Resources

http:/​/​www.fichuganda.org
Partnering community-based NGO

Organization Information

Foundation for Inclusive Community Help (FICH)

Location: KAMPALA, Oyam - Uganda
Website: http:/​/​www.fichuganda.org
Project Leader:
Emmy Zoomlamai Okello
KAMPALA, Oyam Uganda
$984 raised of $33,500 goal
 
7 donations
$32,516 to go
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