Project information

Ribbon Sandal Business

Start up costs for Teenage Mothers Ribbon Sandal business. We had a trail in August and they sold well so would like to expand the project to sell more products in Uganda and create a sustainable business.

1 year to sell initial quantity

Charity information: Joy For Children And Communities

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  • Need


    Lack of employment opportunities and jobs for teenage mothers who finished school early.

    Twenty five per cent of adolescent girls of 15 to 19 years in Uganda have begun child-bearing.

    The social stigmas get worse if the girl did not complete her education yet. If a girl gets pregnant she drops out of school directly and after giving birth, often they are not able to reintegrate again for completing their education. As a result of that they struggle a lot to find employment.


    The Ribbon Sandal business will provide teenage mothers with training in a new skill. They will be able to work hours around their baby and also from home with other teenage mothers.

    The Ribbon Sandal business is a wonderful venture due to the amount of profit which can be made in Uganda selling the products but also in the UK for fundraising purposes.

    The project will also help break the stigma that as a teenage mother you cannot provide for your own family as they will be earning money.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Empowerment of teenage mothers


    » Social Support groups - we meet on a weekly basis to encourage the women and enable them to share information and advice.
    » Kitante Medical Centre staff also come and share about health awareness to support the mothers.
    » Learning new skills in sandal making

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by the amount a teenage mother's confidence increases and the good health of her baby.

    Aim 2

    Income Generation for the mothers and their families


    » Making Sandals.
    » Training in marketing and branding.

    What success will look like

    The teenage mothers have enough income to support their families whilst running a successful business.

    Aim 3

    Advancement of the Christian Faith


    » Pray with the teenage mothers and do short Bible studies together.

    What success will look like

    How many people come to faith but also looking at how people have journeyed in their faith.

  • Impact


    The long term changes will be in the change in culture - stigma against teenage mothers will disappear and people will see how they have changed their lives and are able to support their families.

    The success will be seeing when the teenage mothers run the business themselves without support and are able to train other mothers up in running a similar business.


    The risks would be that they are unable to sell all their sandals at a high price and that the quality is not excellent.

    We have dealt with these risks by putting a staff member in charge of overseeing the business and implementing training on marketing and branding.


    Through monthly newsletters on the projects.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,530

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      Amount Heading Description
      £350 Leather Buying Materials for making sandals
      £450 Cutting Leather To create the correct shapes and sizes for the sole
      £100 Soles Sole and soft padding of the sandal
      £30 Packaging Packaging for the sandals
      £300 Training Workshops on training and marketing
      £300 Admin Staffing costs and transport
  • Background


    We work in Mulago Slum and Bwaise Slum in Kampala, Uganda.

    Kampala slum dwellers are becoming poorer than in previous years, making it hard for them to sustain basic needs, a new report has shown.

    The report, “Living In Kampala Slum”, shows that dwellers’ income decreased by Shs32,464 in 2010, while the cost for basic needs basket increased by over 20 per cent in the same period.


    Teenage mothers living in Bwaise and Mulago slum. We already have connections with 50 teenage mothers who are willing to be a part of this business.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Joy for Children and Communities have been working with these communities for over 7 years now. We have a true understanding of the needs of the community and have a relationships to make this a success, in Uganda but also the UK.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Moses Ntenga

    Executive Director.

    Charlotte Kusemererwa

    Project Officer - responsible for teenage mothers project and women's ministry.

    Phiona Kabahubya

    Project Co-ordintaor.

    Chloe Mutton

    UK co-ordiator responsible for monitoring the projects and feedback to donors.