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