Who We Are?

Programme Background:

The Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme (UWEP) is an initiative of the Government of Uganda that is aimed at improving access to financial services for women and equipping them with skills for enterprise growth, value addition and marketing of their products and services. UWEP, implemented as a Rolling Programme under the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD), is intended to empower Ugandan women for economic development.

The Programme is designed to address the challenges women face in undertaking economically viable enterprises including the limited access to affordable credit, limited technical knowledge and skills for business development, limited access to markets as well as information regarding business opportunities. The programme is envisaged to increase participation of women in business development, increase their incomes, livelihood security and overall quality of life.

The Programme Goal

The overall goal of the Programme is to empower Ugandan women to improve their income levels and their contribution to economic development.

Specific Objectives;
  • To strengthen the capacity of women for entrepreneurship development
  • To provide affordable credit and support access to other financial services to enable women establish and grow their business enterprises
  • To facilitate women’s access to markets for their products and services
  • To promote access to appropriate technologies for production and value addition
  • To strengthen Programme management and coordination
  • Target Beneficiaries

    Target Population

    The primary target beneficiaries of the Programme are women within the age bracket of 18-65 years. The assumption is that those beyond 65 years will be catered for under the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE) Programme. Since the Youth Livelihood Programme (YLP) targets young women aged 18 – 30 years (the Programme guidelines stipulate that 30% of the Youth Interest Group members should be female), the female youth already benefiting from YLP will not be considered as beneficiaries for UWEP. The Programme will as much as possible promote the integration of the following categories of women as beneficiaries:

  • (i) Unemployed women.
  • (ii) Vulnerable Groups e.g. Single young mothers, Widows and gender based Violence (GBV) survivors.
  • (iii) Women with Disabilities.
  • (iv) Women living with HIV/AIDS.
  • (v) Women heading households.
  • (vi) Women slum dwellers.
  • (vii) Women living in hard to reach areas and ethnic minorities.
  • Beneficiaries Selection Criteria

    The beneficiary women groups will be identified and selected through a community participatory process that involves LC 1 and Women Council leaders as trusted members of the community. The selection of the women to benefit under the UWEP shall be undertaken by the Beneficiary Selection Committee chaired by the Sub-County Chief with members including the Chairperson of the Sub-County Women Council and the Community Development Officer. The respective LC 1 Chairpersons will confirm that the selected women group members are bona fide Ugandans who reside within their respective communities (the catchment area for the group membership may be a village, parish and must not go beyond a Sub County/ Town Council/ City Division).

    For purposes of continuous involvement of the women and ensuring their representation in Programme processes, the Sub-County Women Council Chairperson and the District Women Council Chairperson will be co-opted onto the Sub County Technical Planning Committee (STPC) and the District Technical Planning Committee (DTPC) during the approval of the Enterprise Proposals. The STPC will submit the verified Women Proposals to the Sub County Executive Committee for endorsement and thereafter to the DTPC for approval with relevant documentation. The DTPC will also submit the approved Women Proposals to the District Executive Committee for endorsement to ensure that equity issues are taken care of. Districts can approve proposals to the tune of Shs12.5million while proposals exceeding Shs12.5 million to a maximum of Shs25 million will be approved at the Ministry.
    During the implementation of the programme a Programme Steering Committee will be setup composed of stakeholders from line ministries and other relevant institutions.

    The Revolving Fund

    Arrangements must be made to ensure that some activities such as savings, repayment of the revolving fund etc., are maintained at the group level.

    Fiduciary Issues

    The financial management will be in accordance with the Government of Uganda Financial & Accounting Regulations.

    Risks and Mitigation

    Risks include: inadequate funding, delays and default on revolving fund repayment as well as disintegration of the beneficiary groups.

    Institutional Support

    Beneficiaries will receive basic training in enterprise planning & implementation, entrepreneurship & business skills and business counseling.