Unleashing the Skills Development Initiative Phase 2: Improving incomes for rural women in SW Uganda

Following a successful launching and implementation of the Skills Development initiative: Phase one, LTHT’s in country team did an extensive study on the skills gaps amongst young people in Ruhanga.

It was agreed that computing skills and basic sewing skills could kick start the initiative as a way of addressing the lack of access to jobs for young people in Ruhanga village from a purpose built Vocational Skills Centre.

As it turned out, the initiative’s goals were satisfactorily met as 45 girls and 51 boys were introduced to computers, Micro soft word and Spread Sheets. A total of 6 boys and 18 girls were also trained in basic principles of sewing. 15 girls were also trained in the initial stages of re- usable sanitary towels making. In addition to the above, 5 local women and 3 local young men had a chance to partake on basic computing skills at gratis.

On Wednesday 11 August, 2015, we were privileged to host Ida Horner, Chairperson LTHT and her colleague Paige at Ruhanga.

During their visit, we discussed, among other things, the highs and lows of Phase one and the way forward  as well as how best we could unleash interventions that have an impact on the women’s livelihoods as the interventions that were being implemented at that time did not have a direct impact on the women’s economic empowerment.

Thus it was deemed fit to bring on board interventions that would serve the above purpose. We, the in country team had a series of discussions and several mini surveys to get it from the women themselves on what interventions, they think could best improve the livelihoods of local women in villages such as Ruhanga SW Uganda.

The Chairperson OF KAMINYA addressing one of the meetings
The Chairperson OF KAMINYA addressing one of the meetings

Having established various ideas from the local women, we found it necessary to bring these women together in the first place as Henry Ford once said:

“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

As it turned out,  local women formed a group of 30 women under the name “KAMINYA TUKORE WOMEN’S GROUP“. KAMINYA stands for the initials of the three village cells in Ruhanga i.e.KA  for ”Kankizi cell” MI for “Migorora cell” and NYA for “Nyamuhane cell” whereas TUKORE means “we work”. This group chose its steering committee and we consider this a success on our side owing to the fact that Ruhanga houses several women’s groups with different backgrounds.

Having addressed the said divisions amongst various women’s groups in the community, we are certain that it will enable them to reach a common position with respect to articulating their needs as a community, participation and engagement in income generating activities.

After a series of village meetings (facilitated by the LTHT in country team) that have lasted three months, we are now ready to commence the first intervention – Poultry farming. A key consideration of this initiative is to ensure that the women are accountable to each other via their elected leaders who will have responsibility for the day to day outreach work to enable each woman taking part in the study to succeed.

Local Women's Meeting
KAMINYA Tukore Women’s meeting

By the end of the initial six (6) months; it is projected that 30 women will be proficient in poultry keeping and the income of these women will have increased by £7.45 a month.
We shall keep you posted on the new developments!


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