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Kabale Women Leaders Call for Increased Funding for UWEP Program

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By APN Reporter

Kabale

Women leaders in Kabale district want the government to increase on
the funds given to the district under the Uganda Women Empowerment
Fund (UWEP) program.

UWEP is an initiative by the Government to improve women’s access to
financial services, equip them with the skills for enterprise growth,
value addition and marketing of their products and services. The women
are availed with interest-free revolving credit to initiate or
strengthen their enterprises. The program was launched in Kabale
district by President Museveni in 2015.

A total of 1038 women in Kabale district have so far benefited from
UWEP since its launch in the district. In the financial year 2016/17
Kabale district received 366 million which benefited 82 women groups
in the district. In the 2018/19 financial year, Kabale district
received 106 million

In this financial year 2019/2020, Kabale district is set to receive
278 million shillings meant to benefit 48 Women groups in the
district.
However, women leaders in the district who include the Kabale district
Women League Chairperson Norah Twenda and the Kabale district vice
Chairperson Bridget Asinga Tumwesigye argue that their share is not
enough. Twenda notes that the purpose of the fund may not be achieved
if the government does not increase funding.

Last week, speaking during the belated Kabale Women’s day celebrations
held at Kabanyonyi playground in Buhara Sub County Kabale district
Woman Member of Parliament Catherine Atwakire Ndamira noted that
although women willingly joined groups to receive the money and start
income generating projects, they have started losing hope due to
inadequate or no funds.

Atwakire however said that she is in talks with the Ministry of gender
Labour and Social development to discuss on how possible the funds can
be increased.