What we do and how we approach the work
To foster upward economic mobility and self-sufficiency, resiliency and sustainability of Uganda’s marginalized, poor women 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 systems change.
With Women Kisoboka (WWK) is committed to promoting gender equity and seeing women in positions of leadership in business and their communities, which in turn will enable the poor settlements and remote villages of Uganda to offer more possibility for all, as healthy, vibrant, resilient and enterprising communities.
With more than 6 years of engagement with the most marginalized communities in Uganda, and by remaining on the cutting edge of developmental programming, WWK is embedding human-centered design and community systems change into our approach to empowering women as systems entrepreneurs.
Both human centered and systems thinking methods fit with an effective design approach and can work in conjunction to address social challenges.” —Thomas Both, Human-Centered, Systems-Minded Design, 3/9/18, Stanford Social Innovation Review.
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 supports the local NGO, With Women Kisoboka:
- To enable the poorest of the poor and marginalized women to initiate or expand a livelihood, feed, clothe and send their children to school, and to meet their emergency needs.
- To make possible for participating women to develop social enterprises as an opportunity to grow their businesses, learn from each other, and participate in the benefits of financial inclusion.
- To provide 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.
- To nurture a community of inspired and transformed women who in the achievement of their goals inspire and mentor more women in business, financial inclusion, and to take on leadership roles.
- To partner 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.
- To function in a culture of continuous improvement by monitoring and evaluating our programs and by developing standardized systems and processes for greater efficiencies.
- To strengthen our local partner organizations to develop technical, business and advocacy skills, which will nurture their independence and ability to thrive.