The young women and girls' vocational skills training project will provide vocational skills and entrepreneurial training 100 grassroots women and girls of Biharwe Division Mbarara district western Uganda. The overall objective of the project is to enable 100 young women and girls from "not able families" to have a decent income source to earn basic needs of life and adapt to climate change through vocational skills training and entrepreneurship.
Grassroots women and girls of Biharwe located in the dry corridor that is natural resource stressed continue to live in absolute poverty as a result of dependence on agriculture which is now failing due to the impacts of climate change. Due to failing agriculture, women have opted to joining and starting small businesses but this comes with a lot of challenges.Limited skills for running the small businesses, limited access to reliable skills training and lack of startup capital are challenges.
Establishment of a reliable skills development center will offer opportunities for women and girls to acquire skills in tailoring, baking, hairdressing, business management and entrepreneurship which are practical and demand driven that will contribute to income generation and uplifting the women and girls from poverty. Trainees will be given a startup fund to establish small businesses that will be operated from home and the products will be marketed at the show room at the center.
The project will equip 100 women and girls with vocational skills for income generation which will reduce poverty levels, increase income and support for families. The trained grassroots women will start up their own businesses which will address the existing problem of unemployment levels among them and improve their families well-being and education of children. The skilled women and girls are expected to pass on the skills to their children and other community members through apprenticeship.