Globally, you are 3 times more likely to live in poverty if you are a woman. 3 out of every 5 unemployed individuals in Uganda are women, with the majority of unemployed women living in urban slums. Women are disproportionately affected by poverty in comparison to men and are often the ones who are expected to take care of and provide for their children. In Kampala’s slums, most households are female-headed and women rely on informal ways to generate income, sometimes resorting to prostitution. Too often women living in the slums of Kampala are under empowered and do not feel able to help themselves since their opportunities are extremely limited.
Empowering women and achieving gender equality is vital to breaking the cycle of poverty, especially in an urban context where women are often poorer than men and at risk of increased violence, abuse and discrimination. Our Women’s Initiatives aim to provide a ‘hand-up’ to women living in poverty in the slums of Kampala, Uganda. We believe that self-sustainability through skills training and income generation activities is key to reducing poverty and transforming communities.
Our Women’s Initiatives bring together women from a community to work as a group. By working together, they help each other overcome their situations of poverty through gaining new skills and a sustainable source of income. They also gain self-confidence, friendships and support networks. We run training courses in tailoring, knitting, craft making and agriculture, alongside providing business skills training. We help women to gain new vocational skills and start their own businesses and income generation projects, with the aim of contributing to lasting changes in the lives of these women, their children and entire communities. These projects not only give women much needed income and skills, but they also help to empower them and build their sense of community. They find strength as a group of women who all support each other. Through vocational training, these women are gaining skills, qualifications and confidence to make them employable, gaining a sustainable source of income and breaking the cycle of poverty. We are seeing a huge impact on women’s and their families lives through our Women’s Initiatives.
To purchase some of the craft items handmade by the women through some of our Women’s Initiatives, please visit our shop. Profits from sales of these items go directly back to the women and help to provide them with a sustainable source of income for their families.
To donate to support our Women’s Initiatives and transform the lives of vulnerable women in Uganda’s slums, please click here to donate.
In Kampala’s slums, there is a high rate of unemployment amongst men, who often turn to crime or drug and alcohol abuse as a result of this. Our Carpentry Training Project provides young men with the chance to learn a skill for life. These young men have dropped out of school due to poverty with many of them having only completed primary school with no prospects of finding a source of income.
This Project gives disadvantaged men and teenage boys in Kampala’s slums the opportunity to learn and practice a new trade, giving them skills for life. By targeting men, we hope to see a reduction in unemployment, violent crime and drug and alcohol abuse in this community, with the overall vision of seeing whole communities transformed and poverty reduced.
Our Carpentry workshop is open every Monday-Friday and cohorts of students enrol for free and receive vocational training in carpentry for several months. Alongside learning skills in carpentry, they are also given business skills training. As they learn, the young men sell the furniture and products that they make and also take orders from the local community. Once the course is completed, the young men graduate and are presented with their own set of carpentry tools to set up their own carpentry business. This project has had a big impact on the lives of the men who have been part of it, and their families. Alongside earning a sustainable income for themselves and learning new vocational skills, these men have also developed their timekeeping, organisational and teamwork skills through working and learning together at the workshop.
To donate to support our Carpentry project, please click here.