What we do and how we approach the work
With Women Kisoboka focuses on gender equity, women’s economic empowerment and community systems change as a solution to the stagnation of poverty in Uganda. Through women’s entrepreneurship, we seek for our women members to have the knowledge, community-awareness, resources and networks necessary to make financially responsible decisions, engage in financial inclusion, and develop businesses and social enterprises that will better the health and well-being, education, nutrition, environment, and resiliency of their community.
To foster upward economic mobility and self-sufficiency, resiliency and sustainability of Uganda’s marginalized women living at the lowest income level who are prime to spark transformative systems change in their community.
Our main metric for success is to reduce the poverty likelihood of all women to zero and to increase engagement of women in financial inclusion, leadership and community systems change.
With gender equity and women in positions of leadership in business and the community, the urban settlements and remote rural villages of Uganda will thrive with more possbility and gender equality as healthy, vibrant, resilient and enterprising communities.
At the core of our approach is cultural humility and a commitment to shared leadership. We listen to the local women who are the experts of their own lives. We leverage resources, provide tools, training and opportunities to help Ugandan women entrepreneurs realize their vision. These bold, resourceful women are improving community access to clean renewable energy, clean water and better sanitation, nutritious food through smart agricultural practices, as well as producing school books and building materials to improve education and housing in their community. They are tackling gender inequity, extreme poverty, and the effects of climate change, while simultaneously improving their personal financial stability.
With nearly 4 years of peer-driven engagement with the most marginalized communities in Uganda, we are working in partnership with local NGOs and businesses to establish community-centered programs that address the multi-dimensional indicators of poverty, including financial inclusion, health and nutrition, solar power and clean water access.
This roadmap for sustainable social change is the brilliance of Empowerment Works. Aligned in our approach, With Women Kisoboka and Empowerment Works are working to economically and socially empower women and local communities, emphasize collaboration and systems change, and asset-based community development.
In brief, With Women Kisoboka
- Provides interest-free small capital that enables the vulnerable, marginalized women to initiate or expand their livelihood, feed, clothe and send their children to school, and to meet their emergency needs.
- Ecourages our constituents to collaborate as social enterprises as an opportunity to grow their businesses, learn from each other, and participate in the benefits of financial inclusion.
- Offers literacy and numeracy (FAL) education, business training, and skill development, enabling the women we work with to have the learning necessary to develop their decision making and leadership potential and increase the sustainability of their livelihoods.
- Nutures a community of inspired and transformed women who in realizing their goals inspire and mentor more women in business, financial inclusion, and leadership.
- Partners with local organizations who provide the right skills, resources and connections needed so that the women who are smallholder farmers, clean energy entrepreneurs, or operate business that address other important community needs are able to become valuable long-term players in high growth value chains.
- Functions in a culture of continuous improvement by monitoring and evaluating our programs and by developing standardized systems and processes for greater efficiencies.
- Strengthens our local partner organizations to develop technical, business and advocacy skills, which will nurture their independence and capacity to thrive.