Provide Business Skills Training to Ugandan Locals and Refugee Women

Just Peoples Ltd

Supported beneficiary groups within Women & Girls
Age Demographic
Varied Ages
Project Focus
Project Area

Project Description

On the traditional and isolated Buyiga Island in Uganda, there are few resources to go around. Refugees that enter Uganda from Rwanda, South Sudan and Burundi are often sent to the island to create a new life, stretching resources even further. Girls on the island are often held back from school as they need to work for the family. This leads to high illiteracy rates among women, making it difficult to earn a living. Without a steady income, some girls are forced to sell sex, resulting in teenage pregnancies and instances of HIV/AIDS. As girl children are taught to find a man to marry to look after them, they have no way to support themselves and their children when they become single mothers. This perpetuates cycles of poverty and vulnerable women. This project aims to alleviate the burden on women and girls by providing an opportunity to learn sewing skills and get them ready to start their own tailoring businesses. Ugandan and refugee women and girls will be trained to use sewing machines and taught how to make traditional African-print clothing called kitenge. Following their skills training they will learn financial literacy and basic business skills so they can sell the clothes in local markets and earn a living.

Expected Outcomes

The expected outcomes of this project are:

  • Sustainable economic opportunities for rural women
  • Support networks and opportunities for refugees and vulnerable women
  • Increased access to education and skills building
  • Improve status of women in their communities
  • Increased confidence and self esteem of women
  • Improved community relations between refugees and Ugandans

Project Data & Lessons

This project is an extension of a program we have already successfully run with our project leader Robert who is very connected to the community on the island and works with local leaders there. Previously we funded a project to teach women to make soap to generate an income, which was successful. We also provided literacy education and sexual health workshops. Robert has proven to be very capable in this area, and has a local team he works with to ensure inclusivity and sustainability through his projects. Robert will provide photo, video and anecdotal evidence of project activities and implementation, as well as receipts and budget breakdown on expenditure. When Just Peoples is able to visit Uganda again after Covid restrictions ease, we'll be able to visit the Island and meet the women and see the business for ourselves. We'll provide regular updates to donors on the impact they have made, as part of our commitment to all Just Peoples supporters.

Project Dates

This project is an extension of an existing project and can start anytime

Funding Details

Funding Needed
Current Funding
Total Project Costs
Approved Tax Deductability Status
Approved Tax Concession Charity
Other Funding Sources
Donations from the public through the Just Peoples website
Other Support Opportunities
In-kind contributions, Pro bono services, Subsidies

Organisation Details

Just Peoples Ltd
ABN: 25634335130


Johanna Peek
Phone: 0474977140

About Just Peoples Ltd

We believe in a world without poverty. Where people 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 supporting grassroots leaders to design and deliver locally appropriate solutions to the challenges their communities face. Just Peoples currently has 16 Project Leaders from across Africa, Asia and Mexico who are bringing to life a wide-range of projects based on delivering health, education, technological, gender-based and economic outcomes for people living in poverty. Our Project Leaders 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 lasting changes that work. So far we have delivered 100 grassroots projects globally, impacting the lives of over 85,000 people living in 13 countries around the world.

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