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Project information

Supporting sustainable livelihoods in Uganda

To change lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Uganda by enabling them to learn a trade, equipping them with tools, and supporting them to establish a business and earn a sustainable income for years to come.

12 months

Charity information: Tools for Self Reliance

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  • Need


    Uganda is one of the poorest nations in the world, with nearly 40% of its citizens living below the poverty line . The bulk of those living in extreme poverty are in the rural areas, where over 80% of the population is based. Uganda has a young population, and high unemployment, and only around a third of the population are literate. There is a lack of access to training and development opportunities, which would give people the opportunity to improve their lives.


    We will provide a vocational training programme delivered in partnership with a local organisation who specialise in working with vulnerable and marginalised people, including former child soldiers, orphans, and people with disabilities. As well as practical training, participants will learn business and financial management skills, be equipped with a start up kit of tools, and supported to establish their own business, earning a living to improve their lives.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Young people receive training and have better opportunities


    » Participants will take part in a 12 month vocational training programme in trades such as carpentry and building, following a recognised syllabus.
    » Participants receive training in life skills and health awareness to improve their confidence and self esteem.

    What success will look like

    The number of people who successfully complete the training
    Performance in trade tests
    Self evaluation and trainer evaluation

    Aim 2

    Young people are equipped to start their own enterprises


    » Participants are equipped with a start up kit of tools relevant to their trade to enable them to immediately start working.
    » Participants will be trained in business and financial management skills to enable them to effectively run their own enterprise.
    » Participants will be given support by the partner organisation delivering the training in setting up a small business

    What success will look like

    The number of people who establish their own enterprises
    The increase in income experienced by participants

    Aim 3

    Young people become more engaged with their communities


    » Participants will spend time on placement with a local business, learning about how they operate in the local community.
    » Participants will be encouraged to offer placements and apprentice opportunities when their own businesses are established.

    What success will look like

    The number of trainees completing work placements
    The number of trainees who go on to provide work placements or apprenticeships in future activity

  • Impact


    Sustainability is at the heart of our project. As a result of increased earnings, participants will be able to buy more and better food for their families, improve housing conditions, access medical care, and pay school fees. These changes will have a significant impact on the participants immediate household, and their current standard of living, and will also have an effect for many years to come.


    There are no significant risks to the project. We work with knowledgeable and experienced partners in Uganda to ensure that we are reaching the right people through the project, and giving them the support they need - this is important, as the primary risk would be drop out / non completion of the course. We have an excellent track record in this respect; on average over 90% of participants complete the training over all of our projects, which is high.


    We receive regular feedback and reports from the project in country, which we share with donors through newsletters, social media, e-newsletters, and our website. We provide written formal written reports to funders who request this

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £5,051

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,851 Training costs Materials, trainer costs, travel for 70 trainees
      £1,200 Tool kits Training kit and start up tool kits for 70 trainees
  • Background


    The training will be based in Kitgum, northern Uganda.


    The project will work within to local community to reach those vulnerable and disadvantaged people who would most benefit from the project. This will include widows, former abducted child soldiers, orphans, sex workers, people affected by HIV/AIDS and those who had to leave school very early. This project will give them the opportunity to significantly improve their own lives, and those of their families and communities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Tools for Self Reliance was established in 1980, and has significant experience of working in countries in Africa to deliver vocational training programmes. Working with local partners, we are able to achieve real change for individuals. On average, over 90% complete their training, over 80% have established their own business within 6 months, and incomes increase by at least 3 to 6 times. We have a good understanding of local needs and how we can best support these.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Alan Large

    Alan is the Partnership Development Office responsible for managing Uganda projects

    Clare Nolan

    Clare is Head of Africa Programme and oversees all our projects

    Joseph Bondon Oloya

    Joseph is the director of the Green Ribbon Foundation, who will be our partner in Uganda

One of our projects in Uganda

"Now, I see the sky as the limit"

Aguti Leah, former trainee now teacher, Uganda