Women Livelihood Program

“Transforming Ugandan Women’s Livelihoods Through Entrepreneurship”

Craft Making

Women in Africa, Uganda inclusive, are an economically disadvantaged group and rural women in particular are more economically disadvantaged. The lack of economic power of the rural communities, especially among women, is a major obstacle to long term development.

These challenges are especially difficult to overcome for women, as there are fewer jobs available to them, and family concerns can often monopolize their time. Gender roles in rural Uganda still adhere to traditional and cultural codes. When a family is struggling economically, girls are more likely than boys to be taken out of school to help with income-generating activities or agricultural labor, and they are more likely to be married at a young age.

“Investing in women is said to be a key to development. Educate her, buy her a cow or goat, or help her start a business and great things will follow: sustained increases in income, greater empowerment and social inclusion, health and education for the children, mental health and happiness."

When you teach a woman to fish, everybody eats.” In countries like Uganda where economic development has stalled and millions live in poverty, investing in livelihood development for women is not simply an issue of women’s empowerment -it is also a cutting-edge investment in poverty alleviation and economic development for the future”.

The main objective for this program is to empower and equip rural women especially those families living around endangered biodiversity hot-spots, with tailored practical training, knowledge and skills in their farming by turning subsistence farming into profitable small enterprises. The project provides training in a range of improved farming practices, introducing better livestock breeds and crop species, techniques to farm sustainably and prevent soil erosion, and help participants acquire new skills such as bee-keeping, aquaculture and managing small businesses such as the production and sale of indigenous African crafts such as jewelry, baskets, and mats; and the raising and sale of goats for profit.

ASTCF’s goal is that each family generates a sustainable source of income that wholly supports their family and allows their children to remain in school.