The resourcefulness and persistence of Namutebi Hajjarah is rewarded

by Hannan Canada, 2022 WWK Summer Intern One of the first women I met as I ventured through the Busega settlement community of Kisoboka Nano Initiative (KNI) was Namutebi Hajjarah. Hajjarah joined WWK’s partnership with the Kisoboka Nano Initiative (KNI) in 2018 selling snacks such as samosas (meat-filled pastries) in the morning and handmade clothing such as shirts, pants, hats, …

Nakagolo Zalika Works for a Better Life for Her Children

by Hannan Canada, WWK 2022 intern During my visit to the Jinga community of With Women Kisoboka, I came across Nakagolo Zalika. Zalika joined the Abakyala Kisoboka Women’s Group in Kayunga Village in 2021 and put her interest-free loan to work selling maize, avocado, and fresh dairy. As a mom to 4 children, she sells her products near the main roadside close to …

WWK pilots Uganda’s new Adult Literacy Program

On behalf of WWK, Peace Asimire is assessing the literacy of Musana Jessica, a member of WWK’s local community partner in Jinja. To improve and optimize WWK’s Adult Literacy program, we are piloting the successor to Uganda’s Functional Adult Literacy Program named Integrated Community Learning for Wealth Creation (ICOLEW), which focuses on “the needs of adult learners by imparting literacy and numeracy …

Initiative conquers pandemic challenges for the women of Kiboga, Uganda

The Bujagala Kisoboka Women’s Group (BKWG) joined WWK in January 2020. Their first interest-free loan distribution happened in March 2020. Thankfully, it did take place just prior to the pandemic lockdown.  With access to capital for the first time, women of the Bujagala Kisoboka Women’s Group worked actively in their gardens, rearing animals and selling fresh foods and vegetables within …

WWK launches its Mentorship program to promote leadership and scaling

As With Women Kisoboka launched its much anticipated Graduation and Mentorship program in May 2022 to promote leadership and enable each of our local partners to scale, WWK program leads and mentors successfully completed a Creative Mentorship and Facilitation Course with our network partner Creative Action Institute. Earlier in May, WWK graduated 66 members from our IFC (interest-free capital) loan program as they progress …

A women-led bio-briquette business helps their community to address Uganda’s dependency on wood-fuel, while providing a good living

ACCESS, WWK’s local partner in the rural community of Nakaseke in central Uganda is the second community to benefit from a briquette making machine for bio-briquettes. They learned from our local partner in the urban settlement of Kampala District that the collaborative business will cut their cost of cooking fuel (waste-briquettes are significantly less expensive than coal), benefit their neighbors’ health, …

Mugume Enid mentors young girls to grow as leaders in their community

Mugume Enid of WWK’s local partner Bliss Feme was awarded a scholarship to attend this year’s Sauty Ya Dada (SYD) program! Sauti ya Dada in translation means, “the girl’s voice”. It is a highly recognized program of WWK’s network partner, Creative Action Institute (CAI) that creates opportunities for adolescent girls to develop their leadership skills. Enid is being trained during …

Liquid Soap sales are climbing for a women cooperative in Kampala

Uganda’s liquid soap market is robust. Soap is a consumable product, which almost every household needs on a daily basis for hand or machine washing. In marginalized communities, the pandemic has also increased the needed focus on sanitation and hygiene. Since people always have something to wash or clean, WWK local partner in the urban settlement of Busegka, Kisoboka Nano Initiative (KNI) launched a liquid soap collaborative business as a …

Digital literacy is transformative for women’s empowerment

As leaders in their VSLAs, members in Kasese District, and Nantongo Margret from the urban settlement in Kampala District, share their delight as this opportunity as their first exposure to digital literacy. Thinking that digital learning was only for the well-to-do, they are growing in their determination to be part of the wider financial ecosystem for the benefit of their …

WWK’s Local Partner in the hills of western Uganda tackles hunger and climate change with kitchen gardening and water harvesting

The women of WWK’s partner in the hills of Kisinga sub-county, Kasese District are among the poorest of the poor. Before engaging as a local partner of WWK, most were subsistence farmers raised in a continuous cycle of poverty. The impact of climate change (flooding and droughts) adds to their struggles.To promote and support the implementation of climate change adaptation practices …