Project #164 | Economic Empowerment for Vulnerable Families in Uganda
Our partnership with Abide Family Center
In Uganda, the past 10 years have been characterized by enormous and unregulated growth in number of children growing up in residential care. There are over 900 orphanages today housing 80,000 children because of financial insecurity or instability in their family situation. Uganda’s Ministry of Gender, Labour, & Social Development set up a task force to investigate the state of childcare in Uganda. They found that 85% of children living in institutions have at least one living parent. Research has also shown that spending time in an orphanage impacts a child’s development. Children in orphanages have lower IQs, delayed development, and are more at risk for depression, suicide, abuse, incarceration, trafficking and psychological disorders.
We partnered with Abide Family Center to equip 100 women with the skills and resources they need to start their own small business, generating income to support their families and keep children out of orphanages. The training is comprised of 7 courses. After the courses are completed, each woman works one-on-one with a business instructor to make a feasible business plan. The business plan is then approved by a team consisting of a business instructor, social workers, nurse, and team leader. After a home visit from Abide staff, a grant is awarded to each participant in the form of physical supplies she will need to launch her business. Abide’s business instructor visits each business every 3 months in the first year and again on the second-year mark to give graduates the support and care needed to make the business successful and sustainable.
Our collective impact
Mothers Enrolled in Business Training
Mothers and Children Empowered
Mothers Receiving Start-up Capital
Ayisati is the mother of three children. While she was pregnant with her youngest child, Ayisati’s husband left her for another woman. Without the financial support of her husband, Ayisati went to the probation office in her area seeking for help to place her daughter in an orphanage. The probation officer referred her to Abide Family Center, where she was admitted into the income generation support program and provided training and a grant to start a business so she could support her children. Today, Ayisati is running a growing business selling charcoal and groceries and has recently bought a sewing machine from the money she has been saving.
Ayisati’s major concern was the welfare of her children and she was able to keep her family together. Now her family is safe, well- fed, and cared for. Abide’s practical and holistic approach to the economic empowerment of women helped Ayisati keep her family together.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our jobs and skills fund.