Project information

Skills Development for Vulnerable Women in Uganda

To provided tailoring, business, life skills, tool kits and small business set up support for 130 vulnerable young women in two districts in Uganda. This will provide them with a steady and sustainable income to support themselves, their families and build their communities.

January 2012 - December 2012

Charity information: Tools for Self Reliance

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  • Need


    Uganda has 30% female headed households. This is a significant challenge as women in Uganda very often miss out on formal education and training opportunities. It is commonly understood that women only care for the children and need no independent means of support. This leaves them particularly vulnerable if the main breadwinner in the family dies. The recent increase in HIV and AIDS related deaths in Uganda has therefore left many women without any means of supporting their families.


    Working with local CBOs SPAU and ANA, Tools for Self Reliance will deliver a multi skilled training project involving vocational, business and life skills to give these women the means to become independent. They will set up their own tailoring businesses, either singly or as a cooperative, in their local communities. These will provide them with long term and sustainable incomes to provide for themselves and their families and to positively contribute to the well being of their community.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    130 women will be enabled to provide for themselves and their families.


    » Provide 130 vulnerable women with the skills and materials needed to secure sustainable livelihoods to provide for themselves and their children.

    130 women employed in their own businesses

    Aim 2

    Beneficiaries will have marketable skills which they will be able to use to generate income.


    » 130 women will be trained in high quality tailoring skills.

    Increased household incomes for the beneficairy families

    Aim 3

    Beneficiaries will be have increased financial capacity and be better able to support their families


    » 130 women will be provided with basic functional numeracy and literacy
    » 130 women will be provided with business and entrepreneurship skills
    » 130 women will be provided with small business set up support and high quality tool kits

    Children will receive better health care and schooling provision

    Aim 4

    Beneficiaries will be better able to identify when their rights are being abused or ignored.


    » 130 women provided with rights based awareness training

    Women will be more empowered and will be able to pass this message on the daughters and other women

    Aim 5

    A decrease in HIV and AIDS levels in the targeted communities


    » 130 women provided with HIV and AIDS awareness training

    Demonstrable behavioural change in the communities

  • Impact


    The aim of this project is to bring about greater economic and social security for the women and their families. Success will be demonstrated in their ability to secure long term sustainable livelihoods through the development of small income generating businesses. Success will be measured by the number of businesses still operational and making a profit and the overall socio economic well being of the participants and their dependents three years after the end of the project.


    The biggest risk to this project is project is that the market force will change and the goods and services provided by the women will no longer be needed. A secondary risk is that women may drop out as a result of not earning or family commitments whilst they are training. The participating organisations have identified women who they believe are more likely to be able to complete the training. SPAU have created a free creche facility in response this problem during their pilot project.


    Tools for Self Reliance will receive quarterly reports from both SPAU and ANA outlining the activities undertaken and targets achieved. Tools for Self Reliance will pay a final evaluation visit to the projects and will compile a comprehensive end of project report to be sent to all donors.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £23,640

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      Amount Heading Description
      £14,730 Training Vocational skills training
      £3,780 Training Business and life skills training
      £2,660 Project Administration Costs to run project including monitoring and evaluation
      £2,470 Materials Materials cost and shipping of tools
  • Background


    The project is based in Kayunga village in Wakiso district in Central Uganda and in the rural community of Bukedea District in Eastern Uganda. Both areas have been hit hard by the recent HIV and AIDS pandemic in the country with the result that both districts now have many single female headed households which which are struggling to make ends meet and to provide sufficient support for their children.


    In rural Uganda in particular there remains a significant social economic imbalance between men and women. Most women are still voiceless and powerless and thus unable to engage in or initiate any economic development activity. They are forced to send their children out to work at menial tasks instead of attending school which is perpetuating a cycle of lack education, leading to lack of employment. This project will enable the children, to return to school and break this cycle.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Tools for Self Reliance has supported partner organisations in Africa for over thirty years. We believe that our method of working which incorporates support for both high quality vocational, business and life skills with top quality refurbished tool kits is essential to successful long term success of these projects. We have seen time and again from our many successful projects that we have run in Africa over the years that genuine change is only possible with both skills training and tools.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Moses Aisia

    Founder and Executive Director of ANA. He holds a teaching certificate, a Diploma and Degree in Development studies.

    Paul Lwanga

    The Director and project manager for SPAU will provide technical guidance to staff as they execute their responsibilities.