Investing in women entrepreneurs, transforming lives.
This initiative aims to improve the lives of low-income families, specifically in rural areas. This project will enable them become economically stable through farming and non-farming business investments and innovations using locally available resources in their communities. We do this by enabling women, girls and youth to start village businesses, from which they can generate income and become self-sustainable. The project entails, but is not limited to;
Village Microbusinesses. These are small scale enterprises that developed for remote villages to bring about economic development especially among women and unemployed youth out of school. These businesses are mostly skills-based such as handcraft making, book making, bee keeping knitting, handbag sewing and others. Watch the short video about Mothers creations Group here
Community members also receive gift pigs, goats and chickens which families keep and pass to another farmer in the same village once they reproduce to provide manure for on-farm use and generate income from the sale of their products.
Village saving and loaning. Community members in remote areas are able to access small sized and affordable credit from self-mobilized resources. Members use their saving groups to get financial resources whenever needed to further invest in their businesses. This means that these members can use the acquired knowledge, skills and access to financial services can engage in more developmental projects such as starting new village business, buying improved seeds or paying for their children’s education.
This model guarantees sustainability of our Village micro enterprises started with over 80% success and continuity rate.
How it works.
- The group of self-selected members comprised of 10 -15 members come together with a business idea which they could use to generate income in their village.
- The group receives business training from our staff, where they cover four modules of the Village business model; Enterprise selection, Resource mobilization, Financial literacy and Business management & Sustainability.
- Members select an enterprise and make a simple business plan with the help of their trainer and raise at least 35% of the required capital. We then link the group to business sponsors who invest 65% of the required capital in form of no interest loans repayable in 18 to 24 months. Or as just a startup donation depending on the supporter’s interests.
- Our business trainers and volunteers further mentor the members and support them with advice, product promotion, marketing and other needs the group may have.
Success Story – Mother’s Creations Kasaana.
In rural communities of Lwengo, many households are headed by single women who lost their husbands due to HIV/AIDS scourge. Their day generally consists of fetching water, care taking for the children or sick, cooking, cleaning, and farming. They have difficulties in acquiring income from only farming activities. Our Women Empowerment Program is enabling them to be economically independent from earning additional income from microenterprises at grassroot level.
Mother’s Creations Kasaana is a project initiated by one of our volunteers in 2017. The women are currently focusing on creating unique and modern bracelets made from paper beads. The paper is then finished with a material; making it strong and waterproof. Each bracelet is hand-made, one of a kind, and eco-friendly.
The project is currently underway to expand internationally.
Volunteer and micro-investments impact on women.
“My daughter had been attending school barefoot during the entirety of the last term. With the help of the volunteers, I was able to make some additional income. I was finally able to buy a pair of shoes for my daughter. She is always excited every morning to put her new shoes on!”
“With the additional income, I am now able to buy a higher quality of maize seeds. They are currently growing well. I hope that the harvest I have will be healthy and can contribute to feeding my family and pose as additional income.”
“As a women’s group, we had been learning to make and sell bracelets and purses for about a year now. However, our sales were low and it was difficult to earn income. With the help of our volunteer, we were able to improve the quality and designs of the bracelets. I hope that in the future, we will have potential to penetrate better markets and also transform my family’s life through the sale of these products.”