Select train, skill and mentor single mothers, young girls living with HIV

Adrivuyo Uganda Selected trained, skilled and mentored single mothers, young girls living with HIV, in selected ventures for social economic empowerment

Crafts and shoe making project

Under this project venture the project selected a total of 150 single mothers and girls living with HIV in training and skilling in shoes and craft making in 5 districts of Luwero, Wakiso, Kawempe and Buikwe. The project focused on skilling vulnerable girls through attachments to mentors and shoe making local artisans in the above-mentioned districts. out of 150 a total 103 completed the training and 45 have already started their ventures in their respective communities. This is part of the organization social economic empowerment programs to see vulnerable young girls achieve their full potential in their livelihoods and contribute to the sustainable development goals one and three in Uganda.

Vehicle repair and mechanics training project

Innovatively the project continue to attract young girls in ventures previously created for men according to the social cultural briefs in Africa and Uganda. The project made a break through and a total of 5 ladies were attached to garages for training in multivehicle repair and maintenance in Kampala Kawempe division. The trainees as I talk now already be taken on by their respective garages to continue working from their as most of the male clients prefer female mechanics to work on their vehicles. This is a comparative advantage by the time they finish their 2 years training they will be earning hire compared to male mechanics. It is anticipated this venture will attract more young girls in this business as the demand for female mechanics raise in the community and companies.

Hair dressing and saloon

The project supported 20 girls to train in hair dressing and deigning in the district of Mbarara. This project only targeted adolescent girls and young single mothers for skills development with support from Liz and family foundation Canada. all the 20 ladies completed their 6months training as so far 7 have already established their small saloons without the support of the organization. The organization has linked all the trained members to the community development officer of Mbarara, for support through government programs of “Myoga”. The project intends to continue training and skilling vulnerable young girls and women in this venture for economic sustainability and better livelihoods as well as self-reliance.

Rabbit rearing project and production

Rabbit production is gaining popularity in Uganda owing to its significant contribution to nutrition and income among smallholder households. Rabbit farming is a viable option because of their prolificacy, fast growth rate and maturity, high genetic potential and feed conversion efficiency and economical utilization of space. Therefore, under this project supporting urban small scale farming the project established and supported 10 groups each with 2 young rabbits among single mothers in Wakiso District. The project has attracted many famers in the same village when they upon training 10 famers and giving them seed for starting up projects in rabbit rearing. According to one of the famers Ann … that every week she gets between 5-7 local members who come to learn the production of rabbits who she charges each 2000 Uganda shillings for training. She mentioned that this project has prospects of changing her life for better and take her children to schools as well as basic home requirements in terms of food payment for rent and clothing which has not been the case before this project.

Mushroom growing project

Traditionally, people pick mushrooms in forests, grasslands and woodlands including around termite mounds where conditions favor their growth. Mushrooms are still considered a delicacy because of their scarcity and unique flavor. Commercial introduction of mushrooms in Uganda is just taking shape with few farmers involved in its cultivation, All Ugandans, except the nomadic pastoralists, appreciate mushrooms as a food delicacy and some tribes even use them as medicine and as fertility enhancers. There is a thriving market for local edible wild mushrooms, especially along motorways. The uniqueness of mushroom growing is, that it can be done with low capital investment, it requires minimal space and it is a home-based activity that is environmentally friendly. Therefore, the project started faming of mushrooms with 10 groups composed of 25 members and their business has taken shape in urban areas. Farmers in Uganda have increasingly taken up growing mushrooms in order to meet increasing demand as more consumers discover their nutritive and medicinal values, which include easy digestibility and an excellent source of protein, vitamins and minerals. Adrivuyo Uganda would like to source for more funding towards this project and support more groups especially young girls living with HIV for nutrition and economic support.