On the traditional and very isolated Buyiga Island in Uganda, there are very few resources to go around. Girls are often held back from school as they need to work for the family. This leads to high illiteracy rates among women, making it difficult to earn a living. Without a steady income, everyday necessities including clothes and sanitary pads become luxuries, and women are completely dependent on men.
This project was piloted with 50 women in 2021. On top of receiving literacy and basic maths classes, women were trained to make and sell traditional clothes and reusable sanitary pads. The women then formed cooperative business groups to support each other as they began selling their products in the local market. The training centre has now become a beloved community hub where women gather to learn, work and enjoy themselves. Following this success, the demand for skills training has greatly increased.