Photo of the Week: Women Mean Business in Uganda

December 16, 2011

Last month, TechnoServe celebrated the achievements of a remarkable group of women entrepreneurs in Uganda. More than 120 people attended a graduation ceremony in Kampala for the Women Mean Business program, which aims to empower women with the knowledge and skills they need to grow thriving small and medium-sized enterprises. TechnoServe has supported more than 550 women entrepreneurs in the past four years, including 150 in the last year.

Last month, TechnoServe celebrated the achievements of a remarkable group of women entrepreneurs in Uganda. More than 120 people attended a graduation ceremony in Kampala for the Women Mean Business program, which aims to empower women with the knowledge and skills they need to grow thriving small and medium-sized enterprises. TechnoServe has supported more than 550 women entrepreneurs in the past four years, including 150 in the last year.

Through this program, the entrepreneurs attend monthly training and counseling sessions in key areas of business management. They receive business coaching from students at Makerere University Business School and mentorship from seasoned entrepreneurs and business executives. The entrepreneurs have been trained in areas such as accounting, quality control, sales and marketing, human resources, business planning, banking and insurance.

The beneficiaries include women such as Hellen Aguba, who owns a boutique clothing store in Kampala. With TechnoServe’s support, Hellen has written a business plan, improved her record keeping and learned key management skills. Her business brings in more than 75 percent of her family’s income and helps send her four children to good schools.

 

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