Creating employment by supporting women to start their own businesses to generate stable income and sustain themselves and their family.
In Uganda, women are spending eight hours every day on average on unpaid domestic labor such as cooking and cleaning, catching firewood and water, and taking care of children and elders. This leaves them with very little time to earn their own income and makes them highly dependent on their husband or family. As a result, many women are limited in making their own decisions and improving their life situation.
We support marginalized women in rural Uganda, in particular single mothers and widows, to start their own business in order to become economically independent and be able to make their own decisions. We equip them with important skills to run a business sustainably and successfully. Currently, we have 135 women working with GEJJA in different kind of fields: craft- and organic soap making, practicing permaculture, reusable sanitary pad & baby diaper production and wine making.
Training economic Independence
Uganda has one of the youngest and fastest growing populations in the world. More than 70% are below the age of 30 years. Women give birth to 5.6 children on average. Many of them are single mothers or teenagers, who face challenges to sustain themselves and their families due to structural inequalities. In addition, 84% of Uganda´s population resides in rural areas instead of developed urban cities. Traditional roles and values, high gender inequality and little economic possibilities in the rural environment limit the capabilities of women and girls to finish school, engage in formal employment and unleash their potentials. To correspond to prevailing gender roles, women do the majority of domestic labor, such as cooking, cleaning and fetching water, leaving little time to earn an income or engage in higher education.