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Women's Bank has supported savings and loan groups in Uganda since 2007. We work in several areas in the country and our work has enabled tens of thousands of women to gain livelihood.

Populated by 42.9 million people, Uganda is located in East-Central Africa. It is Africa’s largest refugee-hosting country with a million refugees, most of them women and children. The most important source of livelihood is agriculture; approximately 70 percent of the workforce works in agriculture. Ugandan women participate in business life more than women in similar countries, however, only 16 percent of agricultural businesses are owned by women, and merely 7 percent of the women own land.

Women’s Bank has operated in the country since 2007. The aim is to support women’s small businesses through saving and loan groups and entrepreneurship training.

10,486 women benefitted from our work

Uganda is Africa’s largest refugee-hosting country with more than a million refugees, most of them women and children.

We support women’s entrepreneurship in refugee settlements, in the slums of the capital Kampala, and in the nearby town of Mityana, where we run a chicken farm as a social enterprise.

Savings and loan groups, as well as vocational skills training, have proven to be an effective way to provide women with income opportunities. In just one year, the groups managed to double their savings to more than 710,000 euros!

Results 2022: 

  • 10,486 members in 397 saving and loan groups. 
  • 711,210 euros in savings last year 
  • 5,632 enterprises creating 1,828 new jobs last year
  • 7,866 women participated in entrepreneurship and vocational training.

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