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LIQUID SOAP MAKING

Our LIQUID SOAP MAKING project trains our mothers in making liquid soap, which they can use in their homes as well as sell to their communities, schools and hotels.

liquid soap training going on at our offices with one of our women groups,come join us.

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MUSHROOM GROWING

Our MUSHROOM GROWING project is an income generating initiative the not only trains our mothers in mushroom cultivation, but also improves their diet and quality of life. We encourage mothers work in teams from their home, since the greatest market for mushrooms is in their communities and markets.

17-year-old Jessica’s story:

“I found out I was pregnant when I was 16. In Matugga, where I come from, people see me as a failure because I am a teenage mother. My family is poor and survives from digging. When the family of the father of my child refused for us to marry, I had to keep working in the fields, which caused complication with my pregnancy. My mother told me about the opportunity to participate in UWOPED and I was so excited! UWOPED did not see me as a failure. Not only have I learned vocational skills like mushroom growing, I also know how to handle myself around others. Today, I see myself as a powerful woman.”

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ARTS AND CRAFTS

Our ARTS AND CRAFTS program trains our mothers with both traditional and contemporary craft-making skills. They learn how to make modern jewelry for everyday and formal wear attractive to local consumers. We also specialize in creating accessories like tote bags, purses and wearable art that appeal to an international market. Using the both international and local methods to generate income, the artists find a more sustainable way of supporting themselves.

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FUNCTIONAL ADULT LEARNING PROGRAM

Our FUNCTIONAL ADULT LEARNING PROGRAM teaches illiterate mothers how to read and write. Many of the women have had to drop out of school and we support them to advance their levels of literacy at any level.

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HAIRDRESSING AND SALON

Our HAIRDRESSING AND SALON training program teaches women different hairstyles, general and popular trends. Using the gained skills women can easily start working from their homes and some are employed in different salons in their communities.

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TAILORING

Our TAILORING PROGRAM empower women with skills in sewing a variety of things like baby clothes, traditional wear, wedding dresses, bags, coats, skirts etc. After they have met our standards of experience we encourage them to look for contracts to make school uniforms from schools, from companies and other local consumers. Coupled with our money savings program our women are quickly in a position to buy their own tailoring machines and jump-start their business.

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EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH EDUCATION AND TRAINING

50-year-old Jellia’s Story:

“Before I joined UWOPED, I had a lot of stress in my life that made me weak. I did not have the courage to do things I needed to in my life. I worried about how I would feed my children and grandchildren without work. My husband abandoned us, so the responsibility is up to me whether I have the money or not. Some years into our marriage he changed. He began refusing to pay our children’s school fees. I kept the question – What am I going to do? – to myself. I told myself to be strong, that I would handle it.

Two years ago, I was introduced to UWOPED at a community meeting. One of the first things Brenda taught me was meditation. The practice had made me very happy. It felt like I had been sleeping and my mind woke up. I was unburdened. With meditation practice, I have become strong and empowered. I feel that I can do anything, handle anything – I am happy and calm inside. Meditation has taught me how to be more creative in my approach to life and its challenges.

The community of UWOPED is also a support group for me – we talk, we counsel each other. Women are not treated well in my community, where I have lived for thirty years. When a woman wants to work to better her family, the husband won’t allow it. They want us to stay at homes like slaves. For single mothers, some very young, domestic violence, drug addiction, prostitution are daily life here. For many women their bodies are their livelihoods. We need to be educated in business and reduce our stress to be self-sustainable.

UWOPED addresses this and because of them I am surviving.”

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SMALL-SCALE URBAN FARMING

Agriculture is essential to the sustainability of Ugandans and is the backbone for economic strength in our country. Our farm sits just outside Kampala in Matugga and offers an abundance of cash crops like avocados, mangoes, cassava, jackfruit and matoke, as well as livestock. While 80% of our country is tilled by women, only 10% is owned by women –  our farm can be source of community, financial independence and income for our mothers.

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Meditation

18-year-old Sara’s Story:

“I came one year ago to Uganda from Congo. In our village, rebels came with axes and slaughtered out neighbors. Nine of us escaped, and it took us one week to walk from Goma to Mbarara. I was so scared. We entered Kampala by foot, with nothing to eat and nowhere to sleep, but it was here that I found peace. There was no war.

I am poor, but I survive. As a refugee, I was lonely and felt each day passing with nothing to do. A neighbor told me about the sewing and tailoring program at UWOPED and I joined. With the program I was taught meditation and this has helped me very much. The memories of my past are still with me and will take time to fade, but with meditation I can see the change in my life. Compared to Congo, now there is nothing I cannot handle here.”

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WOMEN’S COMPUTER TRAINING

OUR COMPUTER TRAINING program trains our mothers on how to use the computer, empowers them with computer skills and teaches them the different computer packages hence making them to be able move hand in hand with modern technology.