CIIRD Uganda

Business Supporter for Women Empowerment

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NGO | CIIRD Uganda

This is an economic empowerment program transforming lives of women and youth through small scale businesses and skills sharing.

This program promotes environment friendly farm enterprises that both earn income to local people, preserve the environment as well and support social well being among communities.  Through small scale farm businesses such as livestock rearing, vegetable growing and craft making women and youth earn incomes that support their families and provides for their basic needs.

A typical rural woman will spend most of her time looking for firewood to make meals for her family, fetching water and looking after their children and husband. This means that they entirely rely on their husbands for a living since they don’t have any employable skills and thus live in very poor conditions in their communities and can’t support their families on their own. 

This program empowers rural women and youth to engage in productive smallholder environment friendly enterprises such as paper bag making, knitting, hand craft making from waste material and others besides their farming activities to earn an extra income besides their domestic work. The integration of livestock such as piggery, goats and poultry with crop farming on smallholder farm lands supports healthier and more stable soils which supports increased farm productivity.

Some of the key issues that the program seeks to address include;
  • Unemployment among rural women and youth.
  • Poverty among farmer families that can’t afford their subsistence basic needs at some point in life.
  • The high prevalence of domestic valance which always lead to loss of established enterprises in farmer families.

We are working with community groups to improve their skills in small scale businesses for as this is the only way for rural people to help themselves out of poverty.

We have established a small computer training center in Luteete village to give basic computer skills to young women and other community people who want to get these skills.

Three women’s groups have been supported with material to make hand craft products such as handbags, paper beads, mats and others. More women have picked interest in the enterprise and make the products from their homes and later market them collectively through their groups.

Through smallholder vegetable growing in kitchen gardens, some women are now able to earn some income from the selling the vegetables in the community.


As a volunteer, you will closely work with the people to support and boost the entrepreneurial spirit that the local people have towards helping themselves out of poverty.

If you have got skills in organic farming and animal husbandry you’re welcome to share sustainable farming skills that increase productivity of smallholder farms for increased farm incomes.

For those who are interested in other activities such as craft making, computer skills among young women and youth who are unemployed and need these skills to earn an income to sustain their livelihoods you're also welcome in this program.

Your roles as a Village Enterprise Assistant.

Sharing business skills with the women so they can improve their small scale farm businesses and other side businesses. If you have skills in product improvement and record keeping or business sustainability, share them with the local entrepreneurs to make their businesses more profitable.

Train the women or youths in basic computer skills so that they can be able to use these skills to earn a living in life. The skills can help a young woman start a small village stationery shop.

 You can as well share marketing skills with the women/youth to get better market for their products both locally and internationally. This would mean higher profits from their products.

You can as well fundraise to support a farmer family to start a small farm enterprise such as rearing local chicken, start a goat or a pig rearing enterprise.  

Have you got any drama or acting skills? The drama skits made by the youth are used to raise awareness in the community on issues affecting the community such as domestic violence and HIV/AIDS in an educative and entertaining way. These issues are the main issues in destroying the established enterprises in families. Help the group to improve their skits or direct their next show.

Sensitise the community about basic human rights and best ways how to end domestic violence against women and its effects to development.

Your workplace surroundings.

Volunteers will be working in a rural setting with wonderful people especially women and youth working to improve their living conditions through small enterprises.

The area has good internet access however, you will need a personal computer because the people you will be working with may not have computers. The area is close to places where you can access internet cafes in case you need this service.

You will be staying with one of our host families in the community where you will be working, our host families are wisely selected and they speak English so, you won’t have any language barriers with them.

In this location is about 12 minutes drive to Masaka town which is an urban center where you will be able to do some more cool free time activities

Volunteers are expected stay for at least one week, be willing to live and work with local people in a rural community.

Uganda is one of the most gifted countries with beautiful weather conditions, so you won’t need any special wear. However you’re encouraged to have longer skirts or shorts since what you may consider to be normal wear in a western culture may be considered too short in the culture of the local people you will be working with.

When you arrive in Uganda, we will be waiting for you in Entebbe and we will go with you to our operation area in Lwengo near Masaka.

On arrival, you will be introduced to important places such as restaurants, internet cafes, hospitals/ medical centers, get cultural orientation about the local people and introductory classes to basics of the local language so that you can get some of what locals will be saying and speak to them too!

 

Typical day

A typical day in a rural setting will be start at 8am with breakfast and head to the community to work with community groups on enterprise development projects. You will have lunch between 12pm and 1pm  and then continue with the work until 3pm/4pm.

You will be free to have free time activities, have Yoga session, hangout with community friends or with fellow volunteers in the area.

Dinner will be served between 7pm and 8pm and then the volunteer will rest until the next morning.
Tasks:

  • Share practical small business skills with community groups to improve their businesses.
  • Help the groups improve their craft products to meet international standards.
  • Share/teach better marketing skills in the community to have better markets both locally and internationally.
  • Teach computer skills to rural young women.
  • Represent CIIRD Uganda in community meeting and workshop.
  • Direct a village drama show is you have the skills.

Details on Arrival

Arrival: Open throughout the year therefore volunteers can arrive any time of the year.

When you arrive in Uganda, we will be there at the airport to welcome you to the Pearl of Africa. We will escort you to our operation area which is 3hours drive away from Entebbe airport.
You will however meet your meet your own airport pickup costs.

* You will get a Uganda tourist visa when you arrive at Entebbe Airport at USD $50 for your stay during your Volunteer period.

Free-time activities

Volunteer will be free to use their free time for excursions especially during weekends or selected days other than week days. Volunteers will be free to spend their free time  in Masaka town which is about 15 minutes from where they will be working from.

Volunteers may also choose to spend a few days or one of their weekends at one of Uganda's most popular National Parks especially Lake Mburo National park that is about 2 hours drive fro where the volunteer will be working.

You can also spend some free time at Nabugabo Sand beach or take a trip to Ssese Islands on Lake Victoria.

Volunteers will have to pay extra fees for these activities.

Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Sports
Yoga/Meditation

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Art and craft
Organic farming
Animal husbandry
Dance and drama
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:00 - 15:30

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
Wheel Chairs

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
CIIRD Uganda (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by CIIRD Uganda

Accommodation
3 meals a day
Bottled water

Accommodation

Volunteers will get a private bed room that is 10ft x10ft, well furnished with a bed, mosquito net and a power source.The volunteer will have to share a dining, sitting room and a bathroom with the host family.

The host families are with in the communities you will working in and they are safe and trusted families

Food & Beverages

We will provide the volunteer with three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner/supper) You will get both local and international dishes on special days and for those who want to try new recipes on their own, they will be given the opportunity to have it.

Volunteers will also get bottled water and fruits included.

Volunteers with special dietary considerations such as vegetarians will be catered for based on their needs

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Entebbe International Airport (EBB) in Entebbe. We assist you to find cheap flights to Uganda.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Uganda provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Uganda you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Uganda.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$100.00
2 weeks
$178.00
3 weeks
$256.00
4 weeks
$335.00
6 weeks
$491.00
8 weeks
$647.00
12 weeks (max. stay)
$960.00
Average fees
$90.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Masaka/Uganda between 1 week and 12 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. CIIRD Uganda will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Uganda.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
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  Africa Eastern Africa Uganda  Masaka, Katwe Road

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