Rallying women for development

Busy bees: Women make crafts and door mats for sale. PHOTOS BY JOAN SALMON

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United for a cause. More than ever before, women are yearning for change, especially financial independence. Joan Salmon shares the story of women who came together, saved money to start a business. Over the years, their business has grown and registered successes.

When women come together for a common and developmental goal, then there is more reason to smile. A group of women came together and decided to improve their livelihoods by starting an income generating project. This idea of determined women saw the birth of Hopeful Mothers Foundation, which was established in 2018, with an aim of saving, making money and empowering women.,
Among a myriad of business ideas, the group decided to grow mushroom and make crafts for sale. There was one huddle though. Most of these women were not working or those that did, earned peanuts. So, how was this group going to start a business without funds?
Samali Namugaya, the chairperson of the group, says the group drew inspiration from several groups they had visited in different areas and those they watched on television. “We realised women were thriving and improving their standard of living through undertaking projects. We decided to start an income generating project in our community.”
In order to raise capital, Namugaya says members had to commit to weekly savings. “We collected Shs1,000 from each woman every week until we raised enough money to buy craft materials. We also needed money to pay the trainers. We also had to construct the room for growing mushrooms. This is how we started,” says Namugaya.

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