Economic empowerment for vulnerable women

The project aims to improve the quality of life of 700 HIV–infected women and their families through the provision of sustainable livelihoods and educational support. This entails providing the beneficiaries with the knowledge and skills to initiate an income-generating activity, and training in improved agricultural methods and nutrition, with 100 of the most vulnerable women being provided with seeds to set-up home gardens. Educational support will be provided over two years to one or two of the school-going children in each household, as the women develop their income, to cover school costs from the third year. Nurture Africa Uganda will also ensure all the women are educated in childcare and infant feeding procedures. All identified malnourished children will receive nutritional supplements.


Nurture Africa is a Ugandan NGO founded in 2003. Its mission is to promote the personal development (physical, mental and emotional) of orphans and vulnerable children and their
parents/guardians, affected by AIDS in Uganda.

Type

Health / Education / Community Development

Duration

November 2015 – 31 October 2018

Location

Wakiso and Mubende Districts / Uganda

With whom

Nurture Africa

Website

www.nurtureafrica.ie

Uganda

Population
42.9 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 600/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
21% (2016)

Literacy rate
70% (2016)

Human Development Index
162nd out of 189 countries (2018)

Uganda’s economy has continued to post strong growth, by many developing country standards. It nevertheless remains a very poor country and far from the middle-income status it aspires to. Although the poverty rate has greatly declined from 39% in 2002 to 19% in 2012, the strong population growth has meant that the absolute number of poor people has remained the same. One in three children has no food to eat during the school day and 27% of children under five are stunted. Agriculture accounts for 25% of the country’s GDP and employs 77% of the adult population. However, the productivity of smallholder farmers remains low due to lack of access to services such as credit and insurance and reliance on traditional farming methods.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.