This project exists to train and employ 50 Ugandan and refugee women as hairdressers and establish the first ever hair salons on the remote Buyiga Island.
Women and girls living on Buyiga Island face limited economic opportunities due to gender-based disadvantages and discrimination. Many resort to vulnerable activities like commercial sex or robbery to survive, exposing themselves to exploitation and health risks. There are also no hair salons on the island, and it’s expensive to travel to the mainland, so women either shave their heads, cover their hair or use paper scissors for hair cuts. This project will enable women of Buyiga Island to enjoy the cultural practises of hairdressing.
Over 6 months of training, participants will learn hairdressing techniques that meet the demands of local women and men, along with basic business skills. They’ll even learn how to make their own shampoo as it isn’t currently sold on the island.
In the process, three fully-fledged hair salons will be established where the budding hairdressers can practice their skills and start generating an income.
This project will help break the cycle of poverty on Buyiga Island. Women will be able to escape exploitation, improve their economic status, and contribute to their families and communities - while looking and feeling great!
This is one of nearly 100 projects that have been run by local leaders through Just Peoples to empower women in disadvantaged communities around the world. Local leaders share their lessons within the Just Peoples local leader community to help them to strengthen their project designs and improve success rates.
The person or people who fund this project will have the opportunity to connect directly with Abel Robert, the local Ugandan leader who is running this project, on Zoom. Abel Robert will share learnings from the project along with the impact and human stories of the refugee and Ugandan women who participate in this project.
At Just Peoples, we believe in a world without poverty. A world where communities have the power to solve their own problems, their own way.
We don’t believe that foreign intervention is the key to solving poverty. We believe that real, sustainable change comes about when people are given the resources to lift their own communities out of poverty. We tackle global poverty by backing grassroots leaders to design and deliver locally appropriate solutions to the challenges their communities face. Just Peoples currently supports 12 local leaders from across Africa and Asia who are bringing to life a wide-range of projects based on delivering gender-based, health, education, technological, and economic outcomes for people living in poverty. The leaders we support are effective because they have a deep understanding of the local context of poverty in peoples’ lives, and have established respected relationships in their communities. Their insight and expertise make them the best people to understand problems, and implement culturally appropriate solutions that work.