Programme Cordinator's Message

Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme (UWEP) is one of the flagship Programmes of the Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development. The Programme targets poor, unemployed and vulnerable women in all districts across the country. Hence as much as possible promotes the integration of the following categories of women as beneficiaries: The Programme as much as possible promotes the integration of the following categories of women as beneficiaries: unemployed women, Vulnerable Groups e.g. Single young mothers, Widows and gender based Violence (GBV) survivors, Women with Disabilities, Women living with HIV/AIDS, Women heading households, widows, women slum dwellers and women living in hard to reach areas and ethnic minorities.
Launched in February 2016, the programme supports women entrepreneurs across the country poised to transform their societies by owning, running, and operating small and medium businesses. The Programme is therefore aimed at ensuring that affordable credit is provided to women who would not have otherwise been reached by the financial institutions in place. Women are targeted in groups, because the revolving fund is collateral free therefore the group acts as the security for the loan. It is also a cost efficient mechanism for reaching poor and vulnerable people. The terms are friendly bearing in mind that most of the women are engaged in agriculture as unpaid family workers and therefore need to skills to begin and grow their income generating enterprises.
The Programme is implemented through the existing structures of Government at the Central and Local Government levels with the MGLSD as the overall policy coordinating and implementing agency working together with other stakeholders who include Parliament, Office of the Prime Minister, the line Ministries, the National Women’s Council and Local Government http://uwep.mglsd.go.ug/contactAuthorities. At the national level a Programme Steering Committee (PSC) is in place to provide policy and technical advisory support to Programme implementation as well as oversee the activities of the Technical Support Unit (TSU). The committee is chaired by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and the other members of the committee represent key relevant line Ministries. The objective of the committee is to facilitate the effective and efficient collaboration between Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, relevant line Ministries during the implementation the Programme.
To date the cumulative number of groups financed is 2,334 groups with 29,762 beneficiaries, worth 12,196,569,889. In the financial year 2015/16 the groups financed were 94 groups with 1,222 beneficiaries worth 421,011,300 shillings. The women groups the financial year 2016/17 are 2,240 with 29,762 women beneficiaries worth 11,775,558,589. Most of the groups that have been funded are engaged in wholesale and retail trade 40.3% followed by agriculture 36.4%. In agriculture most of the women groups are engaged in piggery, poultry, bull fattening and Irish potato growing .While those in wholesale and retail trade it is mainly agricultural produce buying and selling.
  The first phase districts have also started recovering funds and so far Uganda shillings 90,491,400 have been recovered from districts of Kalanagala, Nakasongola, wakiso, kaliro, Mayuge, Kamuli, Nebbi, Otuke, Kitgum, Koboko, Bundibugyo, Kakumiro, Kagadi, Kibaale, Kiruhura, Kisoro, Ntungamo, Katakwi and Moroto.
Brenda Kifuko Malinga
FINANCING BY SECTOR
Sector Projects Amount % Beneficiaries
Whole Sale and Retail Trade 940 4,910,010,361 40.3 12,168
Agriculture 890 4,438,477,553 36.4 11,429
Accommodation and Food Services 191 1,078,699,489 8.8 2,349
Manufacturing and Processing 170 980,898,133 8.0 2,061
Art Entertainment and Recreation 63 301,963,000 2.5 806
Others 50 297,811,482 2.4 567
Forestry and Fishing 17 94,346,371 0.8 215
Water Supply 6 44,290,000 0.4 69
Health and Social Work Activities 3 27,604,500 0.2 43
Transportation and Storage 4 22,469,000 0.2 55
Grand Total 2,334 12,196,569,889 100.0 29,762

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.