Kisoboka means “it is possible”.
With Women Kisoboka (WWK) works with women of Uganda who live at the lowest income level and provides them with the resources to build agency, meaning, and connection in their lives so that they can positively transform themselves, their family and their community.
When Spelanza Kabwongera joined WWK she decided to start with pig rearing. She was thrilled last spring when her pig gave birth to eight piglets, which she carefully tended to for five months. She then sold each one for a significant profit. She used these funds to help her pay for her daughter’s cancer treatments as well as food, clothes and school fees for all her children.
The two very specific ways WWK differs from other organizations are:
1) We don't tell the women what they need... they tell us,
2) We seek ultimately not to be needed... but to define ways for all marginalized women to transform themselves and in doing so their communities.
How do we do this? WWW partners with local communities to help women survive the COVID pandemic, understand their innate potential, and thrive as entrepreneurs. 93% of your donation goes towards programs that show vulnerable women living in the urban settlements and remote rural villages of Uganda how their initiative and resourcefulness can be used to lift themselves from the dire circumstances of extreme poverty into a life of stability and financial independence.Why WEE?
"...the understanding that women's empowerment is about the process by which those who have been denied the ability to make strategic life choices acquire such an ability."—Naila Kabeer
In WWK member Nabwami Dinah’s words, “I am a mother of four children. Right now, I stay with my 2 little children, the others are married after dropping out of school because we could not pay. I lost the daddy of my children in 2002, and since have been a single mom. I have tried, tooth and nail, to ensure that I educate my children but, in vain because I had to pay for house rent, home basic care and meet all the school dues. I was given capital, which enabled me [to] start a cassava chips making business. I can now pay for my children’s school fees and meet all the basic needs at home." Read more of the women's stories here.
With Women Kisoboka (WWK) is a women-led and operated indigenous NGO in Uganda and an affiliate US-based nonprofit focused on changing community systems and improving gender equality through women's economic empowerment. Your donation provides women access to financial inclusion with interest-free small capital, the creation of village savings and loan associations, ongoing skill development, continued learning through adult literacy and numeracy education, and the entrepreneurship training of Street Business School.
Your support promotes women’s empowerment, decent work and economic growth, and many of the other sustainable development goals. Combined together, these provide a global model for social and economic transformation to women who need it the most.
In the words of Biira Estaluzi Makoma, a member of WWK's local partner, Bliss Feme: "I live in the hills of Kamaghobe in western Uganda. I work in brick making. Since the pandemic, I’ve been sharing how to make bricks with other women of WWK because it is a useful business to provide better housing in our community. I used to live with my seven children in a neglected 2-room shelter. With the capital from WWK and literacy and business learning I received since 2019 when I joined, I have been able to build this 5-room home for my family. My eldest boy is studying nursing which I know will help our family and neighbors. I am so happy I feel I can see a bright future even during this challenging time.” Read more stories from our local partners here.
Our Graduation Policy
Our graduation policy starts with developing an entrepreneurial mindset, moves to increased economic empowerment, and ultimately to personal and community transformation. This policy is peer-driven by the women who have graduated the program. It is implemented with a specific understanding by the program leads of each local partner. In other words, we listen. The women tell us what we can do to assist them in achieving their goals.
WWK’s vision that is always top-of-mind is to help women achieve self-reliance and to enable the NGO and our local partners to mature into a self-operating organization.
We are growing organically and strategically, as word spreads quickly among local friends. And with your sponsorship, we can partner with more women to achieve their potential.