Educated women and girls drive development to their communities by creating jobs through starting businesses, educating their children and reduce gender inequalities. Unfortunately over 60% of Ugandan girls drop out of school by the time they are 16 years of age. By age 17, many are mothers, living in slums, not in any income generating activity and living in poverty on less than a dollar a day.
We know that until women and girls, are educated, societies won’t change much. Education is the antidote for ignorance, poverty, and war. Empowering women is extremely important for the world to succeed. To succeed and advance economically, women and girls need the skills and resources to compete in markets, We are taking women out of extreme poverty through entrepreneurship and digital education.
WITU empowers women and girls through a 12-week capacity building program that gives them skills in entrepreneurship, business, financial literacy, leadership and Life skills. We support the women to start their own businesses and provide them with small micro loans to kickstart their new businesses or improve existing stagnant businesses. A number of the young women we train who do not start their own businesses, usually find jobs through our partner network.
Our women are able to support their families within 3 months of completing the program, earning 100% more than they did before.