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Livelihood Programs

Access to improved income and good nutrition can delay the progression of HIV to AIDS, prevent opportunistic infections and influence the success of antiretroviral therapy (ART).To address the issues of food insecurity, poor productivity and loss of assets due to the impacts of HIV, NACWOLA management decided to design activities of Village Savings and Loan Association with agriculture and small business activities. This activity is integrated within networks of women living with HIV/AIDS that sit once a week for ART and psychosocial support.

According to World Bank poverty assessment of 2016, the progress in reducing poverty has been much slower in Northern and Eastern Uganda, and the concentration of poverty is higher in these two regions. The households in Uganda’s Northern, Eastern, and Western regions have much lower levels of human capital, fewer assets, and more limited access to services and infrastructure than households in the Central region. The challenges among the communities NACWOLA is working with is basically lack of access to skills and capital to pull out of poverty, thus the intervention of coming up with saving and credit culture, which is sustained with mentorship, coaching and training.

NACWOLA Uganda has seen improvement and a great change in the saving culture among the target beneficiaries using their own internal fundraising strategy from the members. This is very evident among beneficiaries now who have the capacity of saving at least one share (on a weekly basis) in the Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA). There is also increased access of finances for more business ventures; simply because of the presence of the VSLAs that people can easily access. Currently, the Project is running 27 VSLA groups with savings of approximately 251,430,600/= worth 71,837 US dollars per year. On top of that, caregivers have been trained in the selection of Income Generating Activities (IGA), planning
The livelihood program has created youth groups who have engaged in poultry keeping to increase income towards supporting their families. The groups are also able to save for education, scholastic materials and treatment.

Program activities

  • Conduct Organizational capacity for knowledge management and learning practice for community based organizations and informal groups.

NACWOLA has reached communities with aim of achieving four results that look at organizational capacity for M&E, knowledge management and learning practice improved, Economic capacity of groups and 200 targeted families, Transformation of social relations for improved participation of girls, boys, women and men to care and protect most vulnerable girls and boys in Wakiso, Gulu and Mukono districts. The community driven social support structures have been strengthened and sustained to respond to the needs and rights of not only HIV+ women but vulnerable boys and girls in four districts as well.

NACWOLA targets to reach 15 youth and 5 women groups to improve their skills in resource mobilization skills to address the gap of gender based violence and menstrual hygiene and management among girls and young women in Buikwe, Kalangala, Mukono and Nebbi. Within this period group leadership will be mentored through quarterly review meetings by the NACWOLA staff.

  • Conduct training of Economic capacity for key community based organization and 200 targeted families to improve their strategies of meeting the needs of OVC boys and girls in Wakiso, Kampala, Mukono, Buikwe and Buyende districts.

From this year 2019 to 2020 total of 50 group leaders will be visited with aim of supporting groups to adhere to VSLA methodology. Building from the previous years at total of 27 group members will be mentored and among those 20 groups from women with Disabilities will be identified under this program. In this Financial Year total of 27 group members inclusive of 17 new groups will be having saving group that has up to a total of a minimum 43,476,090 UGX.

  • Urban farming and horticulture and backyard farming.

In order to support vulnerable households that have little access to land towards improved food reserves, urban horticulture and backyard gardening concept will create and intensive gardening. This method is a suitable for feeding families with backyard gardening. The approach caters for all vegetables such as cabbages, eggplants, sukumawiki, onions,

Donor and partners
Management is still depending on membership contribution which is only 5% of the total annual budget. We are fundraising for any of the above project activities with a total budget of 240,000,000 UGX. Which is roughly 65,217 USD

What we do under Livelihood Program

Village Saving and Loan Assn

Urban Horticulture and Backyard Farming

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