During the Covid lockdown over the last almost 2 years, it became more apparent the huge inequalities that girls face in Uganda. Girls and women faced many challenges during the various lockdowns, and many preteen/teen girls ended up in forced marriages or pregnant.
As a result, we started Empower Voices in partnership with a local, rural school to equip girls in Primary Grade 6(ages 10-14) with the tools and information they need to thrive. The school provides us with the space and an hour in the school day to carry out the lessons.
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The entrepreneurship portion teaches the basics of business: creating business plans, budgeting, saving, marketing skills, etc. At the end of the business training, the girls receive a start up capital of roughly $3 to start a small business.
The aim is to teach the girls that;
- To save and if they reinvest wisely, they grow their incomes
- Test the skills they learned
- Start learning about money and saving at a young age
- They don’t have to stay in unhealthy/unsafe relationships due to financial dependence
The program is currently running in one school with 16 girls enrolled. We hope to expand it to other schools in the future.