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  • 1. Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association LimitedUWEAL Envisage a Wealthy Woman Responsibly Contributing to National Economic Development
  • 2. Background Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Ltd (UWEAL), is a Company Limited by Guarantee. It was incorporated in October, 1987 with the aim of promoting women entrepreneurs in Uganda. It is non-partisan and non-profit making. UWEAL is firmly placed in the private sector to assist and provide necessary support and guidance to women entrepreneurs and to advocate for favorable policies through which women entrepreneurs can flourish. Members of the organization include; individual women, women groups and corporate members in different sectors like education, agriculture, manufacturing, art and crafts, textiles and trade. UWEAL offers services such as capacity building, networking and advocacy. Vision Envisage a wealthy woman responsibly contributing to national economic development Mission Empower women entrepreneurs to create wealth through capacity building, networking and advocacy. Goals • To promote networking among women entrepreneurs. • To build the Secretariat’s capacity to provide member services. • To equip rural women to harness available business opportunities. • To develop relevant programs for UWEAL members. • To develop institutional sustainability initiatives. Objectives • To train, mentor and counsel women to start, sustain and grow their businesses. • To support product development, provide Business Development Services (BDS) and linkages to markets. • To build women entrepreneurs’ capacity to access export markets. • To support business women networking exchanges and mentorship forums. • To support the Women Investment Club (WIC) and promote a savings and investment culture while encouraging the growth and sustainability of women entrepreneurs’ businesses.2
  • 3. ServicesCapacity buildingTrainingThis service is provided tomembers who have businesschallenges. Under this program,needs assessment studies areperformed to ensure that theneeds of UWEAL members areunderstood and consideredbefore training interventions aredesigned. We have a number oftraining programs throughoutthe year. Mentoring This service is provided to members who wish to start a business or those in business but facing challenges of management and sustainability. Mentoring is geared towards motivating and guiding women entrepreneurs to persist in growing their businesses. Additionally, it builds confidence among women and girls as they plan to undertake businesses or implement their business plans. UWEAL also provides mentoring services in partnership with other organizations.Business CounselingSome members come seeking guidance on how to start, sustain or grow a business.We provide counseling sessions by appointment and invite business experts toprovide counselling services. 3
  • 4. Networking At UWEAL, we believe providing opportunities for women to meet and share experiences on how to start, sustain and grow a business makes a difference in an enterpreneur’s mind. We also encourage women to create markets for each other through personal contacts established when we bring them together. Our members are therefore exposed to potential markets nationally, regionally and internationally through our membership to organisations such as EABC, PSFU and the newly established East African Women Entrepreneurs Exchange Network (EWEExN). UWEAL is also the Network Hub for Africa Businesswomen’s Network (ABWN), a network that brings together six organisations from six African countries namely; Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda and South Africa. Advocacy UWEAL is a voice for women entrepreneurs in Uganda, advocating for a conducive business environment in which they can thrive. A power house for women entrepreneurs, UWEAL has over the years built the confidence of major stakeholders like the Government of Uganda and development partners who view the association a credible How to join UWEAL mouthpiece for women entrepreneurs in Uganda. It takes only three steps: Membership • Complete a membership form at the UWEAL UWEAL has a wide membership base that is comprised of women entrepreneurs from Secretariat. various districts. These includePay a one-timeBugiri, Bushenyi, Gulu, Jinja, Kabale, • among others; membership fee. Kampala, Lira, Luwero, MpigiPay an annual subscription fee. • and Soroti. Membership Annual Membership Category Fee Subscription Individual/Ordinary For women seeking to join on an 20,000 50,000 Membership individual basis and participate in UWEAL activities. Categories Women Groups/Companies For those wishing to register their 20,000 75,000 entities. This allows individuals to participate in UWEAL activities. Corporate Bodies For major entities interested in 20,000 100,000 supporting women entrepreneurs.4 Chapters Honorary 250,000 By Invitation 250,000 N/A Mentors, Speakers and Donors By Invitation N/A
  • 5. ProgramsBreakfast Meetings ACCESS! for AfricanUWEAL hosts strong business present- Businesswomen iners speaking on knowledge enriching International Tradetopics at monthly breakfasts. This isyet another networking opportunity for Funded by the International Trade Centre,women entrepreneurs where information this is an enterprise support developmentis shared on various business topics. program designed to strengthen capacitiesMembers are updated on upcoming of women entrepreneurs, provide accessbusiness events and networking oppor- to regional and international markets andtunities are created. promote the use of Information and Com- munication Technologies in international trade. It targets African women entrepre-Women Investment Club neurs with a fair level of management(WIC–SACCO) competence who are emerging, actual or potential exporters. The program consistsWIC was registered in July, 2005 as a of four components; Exporter Training,women savings and credit cooperative Exporter Business Counseling, Access tosociety to enhance women’s access to Trade Information and Access to services. To emulate this,similar savings groups have beenstarted by women in UWEAL districtchapters. Girl Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) GEP creates awareness about business and entrepreneurship in secondary schools, tertiary institutions and universities. Successful women entrepreneurs visit institutions and share their business experiences with the students and teachers. The objective is to inspire them to develop a spirit of entrepreneurship, become creative, innovative and be job creators rather than job seekers. 5
  • 6. Annual Events Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the supreme and policy-making organ of the association composed of paid up members. It meets once a year and elects the Board of Directors (BOD) every three years. The BOD is entrusted with ensuring that strategic plans and institutional policy decisions are implemented and resources for implementation are mobilized. It also monitors and evaluates progress of imple- mentation of programs and activities. East African Women Entrepreneurs Exchange Network (EAWEExN) This program was launched in July, 2007 as the Uganda Women Entrepreneurs’ Exchange (UWEE) to provide an opportunity for Uganda’s women entrepreneurs to exhibit their products and network with one another. The network has since grown to include seven countries in the region and in 2009 was re-launched as the East African Women Entrepreneurs Exchange Network to create a regional networking platform. Annual Business Achievers’ Awards At the end of every year, UWEAL recognizes women who have excelled in entrepreneurship. The objective of the Awards is to motivate the winners to carry on and to inspire all women to work even harder. The Awards are open to all women entrepreneurs irrespective of UWEAL member- ship. Members are also honored for their exemplary and selfless service to UWEAL.6
  • 7. Month of the Woman Entrepreneur (MOWE)The International Labor Organization through its project on Women EntrepreneurshipDevelopment and Gender Equality (ILO-WEDGE), in collaboration with WomenEntrepreneurs Associations in Uganda formed a partnership designed to widelypromote the role of Women Entrepreneurship Development (WED) in nationaldevelopment. Through this concept, the Women Entrepreneur Associations inUganda dedicated the month of November as the ‘Month of the Woman Entrepreneur(MOWE)’.During MOWE, a combination of different events ranging from capacity building,business exhibitions and advocacy forums are carried out with an aim of creatingan enabling business environment for women entrepreneurs, promoting the role ofWomen Entrepreneurship Development in national development and recognizing thepotential and achievements of women entrepreneurs in generating employment andincomes. All MOWE activities address women entrepreneurs including those withdisabilities and those living with HIV/AIDS.`MOWE Objectives:• To widely promote the role of Women Entrepreneurship Development in national development by recognizing the potential and achievements of women entrepre- neurs in generating employment and incomes.• To showcase women entrepreneurs as role models.• To renew the commitment of all concerned stakeholders towards the promotion of women entrepreneurship development.• To disseminate information and exchange good practices in the areas of Women’s Entrepreneurship Development and raise critical issues affecting women entrepre- neurs for the attention of policy makers and other relevant stakeholders. 7
  • 8. UWEAL Directions to UWEAL Secretariat DIRECTIONS / MAP TO UGANDA WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS ASSOCIATION LIMITED LUMUMBA AVENUE UWEALTO WANDEGEYA YMCA FROM WANDEGEYA 6 Plot 38 Lumumba Avenue, Nakasero P.O. Box 10002, Kampala (U) Tel: +256 414 343 952, +256 312 271 451 Email: Website: