By PEACOCK KAWEESA
The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development in partnership with UN Women to implement capacity building for women entrepreneurs in Karamoja,Teso and Northern Uganda.
This initiative is to support women vulnerable groups for entrepreneurship development and wealth creation at household level. This was revealed by the Honorable Minister Janet Mukwaya at the closure of the 5days training of trainers workshop at the Imperial Golf Hotel in Entebbe.
The minister said that rural women have been lacking entrepreneurship skills to improve their income levels and contribution to economic development. The national training workshop was organized for stakeholders and participants to learn practical skills of empowering rural women in the Northern region.
The Uganda Women Enterprise Programme (UWEP) National Programme Coordinator, Brenda Kifuko Malinga, said that 33.8% of women in Uganda are involved in business entrepreneurship and therefore given an opportunity women will initiate and grow their enterprises.
She added that there is need to strengthen the capacity of women for entrepreneurship development,provide affordable credit and access to appropriate technologies for production and value addition.
She said that majority of women sell their products in local markets and their products are not of sufficient quality to access the competitive regional and international markets. She noted that therefore is need for increased credit through UWEP that is aimed at stimulating growth of high quality and competitive women enterprises in micro, small and medium enterprises sub sector.