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 Women's   Empowerment 

Closing the gender gap in agriculture would generate significant gains for the agriculture sector and 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 worldwide by 12 – 17 percent.

There is also a gap in women’s ability to own land, 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 vulnerable to domestic abuse/violence, and if their husbands divorce them, they are forced to leave their homes, therefore homeless and left to other extreme circumstances like prostitution, continuing the cycle of poverty. Therefore, land ownership is critical to improving the quality of life and the sense of self and confidence in women in Bugiri. 

 

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

  • Bringing women into leadership roles immediately upon project initiation to be a part of strategic planning 

  • Forming women-only saving groups will contribute to a business goal they will own

  • Creating 100% women-owned agricultural cooperatives (mushroom, coffee, hemp, cacao, and more)

  • Providing technical training, advanced agriculture training, and certifications

  • Providing access to micro-loans to start their own business in agriculture

  • Teaching the women about developing a sustainability plan to ensure continuous income

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