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She is seen and she is heard. And we love her and value her so much that we will empower her to grow and more importantly, help her know her worth. 

Closing the gender gap in agriculture would generate significant gains for the agriculture sector and for society. If women had the same access to productive resources as men, they could increase yields on their farms by 20-30 percent. This could raise total agricultural output in developing countries by 2.5 – 4 percent, which could in turn reduce the number of hungry people in the world by 12 – 17 percent.

There is also a gap in women’s ability to own land, their own business and/or be leaders within their communities. This is a common issue globally and while some gender equity improvement needs are becoming recognized, evolvement is still lacking and/or very slow and this is due to:

 

  • Lack of access to education for women to learn how to make business and household decisions

  • Lack of available time for women to learn as they not only manage the household, they also tend the crops and care for the children

  • Culture does not allow women to have leadership or decision making roles

  • Lack of access to credit

  • Lack of sense of self. There is no one empowering them.

 

With this, women are more susceptible and are vulnerable to domestic abuse/violence and if their husbands divorce them, they are forced to leave their home, therefore homeless and left to other extreme circumstances like prostitution, continuing the cycle of poverty. Therefore, landownership is critical to improving the quality of life, as well, sense of self and confidence in women in Bugiri. 

 

The Boon project wants develop and implement a framework and process to empower women through providing them access to education, leadership roles in our agricultural projects, job opportunities mentoring them through agricultural ownership and/or production management, provide assistance to help them with purchasing land or starting a business of their own dreams so they can establish independence, self confidence, a sense of security and self-worth.

 

Here are just a few of many ways we will work to empower women in our communities:

  • Bringing women into leadership roles immediately upon project initiation - 50% or more of our roles (oversight committees, leadership roles, receiving sustainability training, etc.) will include women who will be able to help make decisions and lead in the work we are doing. 

  • Creating 100% women owned agricultural cooperatives

  • Allowing leadership and decision making in community development projects that the boon project will be contributing to

  • Providing technical training, advanced agriculture training and certifications

  • Access to micro-loans to start their own business in agriculture

  • Educating her how to save for her future and the future of her family

What does sponsoring a woman entail:

  1. Financial Support to pursue education certificate

  2. Upon completion of her training, a small micro loan to start her business. Once paid off, that money is reinvested and applied towards the next woman's micro loan. A financial gift that keeps on giving! 

  3. You will get to stay connected to her through writing and email providing her words of encouragement and support! We will also coordinate responses back from your AmplifyHER fellow receiving pictures and hearing of her journey and growth. 

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Maureen Muhindo

Womens Empowerment Lead

Bugiri, Uganda

Be a Boon Advocate for Her Future! Become a business to business sponsor and mentor.

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