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Project information

Empowering women through literacy and life skills

We launch functional adult literacy (FAL) programmes to women's groups in communities across East Africa. This brings development to every household and empowers the women and their families, benefitting the whole community.

January 2017 - December 2017

Charity information: AFRINSPIRE

  • Need


    There is a systemic problem of abject poverty and inertia of those trapped in poverty, particularly in remote rural and neglected areas of Africa

    Meanwhile, adult literacy levels within the communities of the abject poor are between 60% to 90%. Literacy and education are critical to economic development as well as individual and community well-being.


    Our solution is the formation of women's groups who come together around the aim of functional adult literacy. This provides not only literacy but also homestead development knowledge and practical development in every homestead. As groups learn they save money and develop income-generating projects that empower the women in self-help groups to raise themselves beyond mere survival and gives capacity for self-improvement.

    Groups are mobilised and supported, and become engines for change.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Our first aim is to support the extreme poor in rural Uganda to break out of poverty


    » Run an awareness campaign for women to introduce the concept of functional adult literacy.
    » Train leaders to form and run functional adult literacy groups.
    » Sustain a programme of learning which mobilises women and their families for self-improvement.

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by the number of people actively participating in each area.
    e.g. towards a maximum of 20 groups of 20 persons in one area.

    Aim 2

    Our second aim is to bring the rural poor people into a position of having food security


    » Run trainings in improved agricultural practices
    » Provide strategically important agricultural inputs such as new seed varieties, plants (e.g pineapple suckers), oxen

    What success will look like

    Success will be to see each member of every group to have a 12 month food supply and to get into a surplus situation

    Aim 3

    Our third aim is to economically empower the poor


    » Train individuals in simple saving, record keeping, financial skills.
    » Support the emergence of income generating activities

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured through seeing savings and loans schemes set up in every group, and to see the emergence of many income generating activities among the groups and members

  • Impact


    The overall impact will be to see change for every person and their homestead within the group's circle. There will be improved health and hygiene practices around washing, sanitation, food preparation and sleeping arrangements in the homestead.
    Improved homestead gardens and small animal husbandry and economic independence will also occur

    This will all be verified by external visits from Ugandan national leadership and UK Afrinspire trustees to audit and assess impact.


    Risks can be major, such as drought, civil unrest, natural disasters or acts of sabotage. The abject poor are very vulnerable to adverse circumstances.

    1. We work with the approval of the local and national political authorities.
    2. We work at a community level supported by community leaders.
    3. The programme is very locally driven and even when upset for a time can be re-established.
    4. The groups provide some buffer for individuals against adverse circumstances.


    Regular reports in our Afrinspire Newsletter and on our website
    1. Photographic evidence
    2. Statistics re. number of groups in existence, membership numbers, and stage reached with following the material.
    3. Number of certificates gained for completion of adult literacy course.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,000 Literacy Materials Core materials to distribute to trainers and
      £2,000 National Co-ordinator To mobilise the whole programme and visit groups
      £2,000 Regional Facilitators Each to oversee 20 Functional literacy groups
      £5,000 Agricultural inputs Tree planting and environmental improvement is included in the training modules
      £1,000 Intro Financial Training Simple book-keeping, cash management, personal finance
      £5,000 Health and Sanitation Water supply and health improvements
      £1,000 Projects Income generating projects initiated by the groups
      £2,000 Other projects Development initiatives identified by the groups
  • Background


    Our functional adult literacy groups are Located in Uganda: in Masindi, Kiryandongo, Buwenge, Kamuli, Manafwa, Oyam and Gulu Districts, which are in north west, central and eastern Uganda.


    As functional adult literacy is so universally beneficial, we support many groups of the abject poor, primarily in rural areas. These are subsistence peasant farmers who exist on less than $1 per day income.

    Other groups include refugees escaping civil war in South Sudan in the Kiryandongo Refugee Settlement and women who were held in captivity by the Lord's Resistance Army.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We concentrate on supporting African initiatives in development. We work through our African partners who deliver the programmes. We are recognised for our achievements by Ugandans at every level from community to top government and have the support of local people.

    We have an eight year track record of implementing Functional Adult Literacy programmes through our partner, Rose Ekitwi, with proven success. We have tested the method and can expand it greatly subject to funding.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Rose Ekitwi

    Rose is the motivational leader, trainer and national coordinator for the FAL programme. She has been the expert leader in Uganda for 25 years

    Lawrence Mawuka

    Lawrence is an experienced FAL trainer and motivational leader, helping to train group leaders to expand the network.

    Paul Kyalimpa

    Paul is our agricultural expert and trainer. He is author of a book and training manual on sustainable agriculture - truly a model farmer.


It costs £7.75 per participant but with 10 beneficiaries per women, the cost drops to 75p per person

Whatever the project, we believe in lasting development led by local people

Ian Sanderson, CEO