Programme Components

The Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme (UWEP) has three components namely; i. Capacity and Skills Development ii. Women Enterprise Fund iii. Institutional Support

Capacity and Skills Development

This focuses on upgrading needs-based skills development for women to enable them initiate and manage enterprises. Women will apply for interest-free loans for hands on training in skills needed for effective implementation of their enterprises and purchase of required inputs. Through Local Governments, individuals or institutions will be identified to train the women in appropriate skills.

Women Enterprise Fund (WEF)

Women groups will be provided interest-free credit for enterprise development on a revolving fund basis. The women are required to be in groups of 10-15 members to ensure successful implementation of their priority enterprise and full repayment of the Revolving Fund.

Institutional Support (IS)

This will ensure effective and efficient Programme management and coordination at all levels. The beneficiaries will receive basic training in bookkeeping, teambuilding, enterprise planning and implementation, entrepreneurship/ business skills and group dynamics. In addition business counseling shall be provided to women to enable them realize their potential.

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.