In mainstreaming gender, TFU has promoted income generating activities targeting women at home (especially women headed households) by bringing them together to initiate sustainable economic projects to support their families.
We empower marginalized women by training life skills to create more self-reliance. Uganda’s current population is abo ut 34 million people. It’s roughly evenly distributed between females and males. Irrespective of this kind of distribution, women groups constitute the most potentially marginalized human resource in the country due to various underlying factors. Women are the country’s reproductive group which needs to be carefully handled for greater productivity.
According to the 2010 population estimates, Nabweru had a population of 19,311 at a density of 109 people per square km. 80% of the residents are semi-illiterate, unemployed and many of them are women, especially young mothers. This population is confronted with several challenges like unemployment, poverty, illiteracy, marginalization, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence and hopelessness. A lack of empowerment tops this list. Most women come from poor backgrounds. As a consequence they are poorly educated and cannot be easily employed. This leads to unplanned marriages, illicit sex and menial jobs as ways to earn a living. Nevertheless women are industrial and have a strong will to do new things.
Since 2012 some women have been able to produce various products such as mats, lady’s hand bags, beads, craft shoes, envelopes and paper bags. These products have been instrumental in transforming their lives helping them pay school fees, medical fees, providing daily meals and clothing to their children. Though much has been achieved, there is still a need for more helping hands for this project to be more successful. By trying to maintain these programs we are facing challenges like a lack of materials to use during training, a ready market as well as the problem of paying trainers.