Social and Economic Empowerment
Friday October 18, 2019

Social and Economic Empowerment

This program is working exclusively in remote rural areas of Apac and Kole Districts. We combine learning and earning opportunities which offer children and their families’ long-term solutions to poverty. Thus, socio-economic empowerment is viewed as a cornerstone to other interventions that NICE is engaged in.
It is aimed at propelling the social-economic security of beneficiary communities to sustain the interventions. In order to realize the above goal, the following component specific objectives were included:

  1. Enhancing the ability of beneficiary caregivers and other rural women to grow crops and raise livestock to achieve food security, increased household income and gain ability to sustainably look after their children better.
  2. Foster ability of beneficiary caregivers and rural women to start, develop, and manage their own small- and micro-income generating activities using VSLA proceeds
  3. Build the capacity of beneficiary caregivers to become leaders and advocates to more successfully manage, promote, and sustain economic development.

Uganda has made significant efforts in reducing poverty through economic and social transformations. However, a significant portion of the populace still experiences chronic poverty, characterized by severe lack of basic needs. Majority of women are faced with socio-economic insecurity; depending largely on subsistence agriculture, & petty trading. Experience shows that, as women expand their participation in household security, they stimulate economic growth while advancing their status and improving their families’ well-being.

With almost no access to financial resources to lift them out of poverty, rural women are the exclusive beneficiaries of the Economic Empowerment component of NICE. This component is based on the notion that even the poorest villagers must save to subsist between the harvest and the next planting. However, affected by the low literacy levels, many are unaware that savings kept at home doesn’t earn any return. Money kept at home depreciates due to inflation; livestock may die or the money may be spent, lost, or stolen.

This Component teaches women how to save, lend and grow their own savings using the proven Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) Model.

It involves formation of community groups of 15-30 members who pool their little savings and borrow from them using the Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) Principles. The VSLAs provide an opportunity for improved social cohesion and support within the community while at the same time acting as a forum other learning and social development activities.

Beneficiaries who enroll into VSLAs are also trained in selection, planning and management of income generating activities. This integration enables beneficiaries not only to save, but also to invest their earnings into viable activities.  The programme has targeted to reach 1,500 caregivers organized into groups for self-sustenance by June 2017.

The desired outcome of this programme is; Parents whose children are sponsored in their Education will be using VSLA proceeds to contribute to the feeding and providing scholastic materials to their children. This will bring out the direct link between the VSLA Program and household Nutrition as incomes from VSLA activities will be used to supplement basic family feeding sustainably.

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ABOUT NORTHERN INITIATIVE FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT

Northern Initiative for Community Empowerment (NICE) is a registered community based organization founded in May 2014 in Apac District-Uganda. NICE’s mission is to apply innovative initiatives aimed at empowering vulnerable women and youth to achieve sustainable, self-sufficient livelihoods and dignified lives. We implement our activities in Apac District, Uganda, which is over 500 Kilometers from Kampala – Uganda's Capital City. Our major target groups are Youths, Women and Children.

OUR ADDRESS

NORTHERN INITIATIVE FOR COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT (NICE)
P.O. Box 32, Apac, Uganda
Plot 23, Apire Road, Aduku

Tel (Ejon Geoffrey - Executive Director) +256-772-829-760
      (Ongom Leonard - Project Coordinator) +256-777-776-332
Email: info[at]northerninitiative.org
Website: http://www.northerninitiative.org