ICT’s 4 DEVELOPMENT IMPACTS ON NVIWODA ENTREPRENEURS

With the support of the grant from African Women Development Fund in 2009, Ntulume Village Women Development Association (NVIWODA) built the capacity of 39 women member entrepreneurs, in the use and application of ICTs for enterprise development.

 

 

The project was carried out in two Regions of Uganda e.g.Central and Western. Thirty nine (39), entrepreneurs and community based women group leaders benefited from the entrepreneurship and information and communication technology (ICT’s) capacity building workshops, which were conducted in Kabarole and Kampala Districts.

 

Awareness creation and  Training the women in use and application of Mobile phones as an accessible and affordable ICT’s tool changed many women lives.

During evaluation women said the projects demystified technology and improved their self esteem and self confidence. “We no longer fear to neither touch a computer nor manipulate our phones, Sarah commented” after training.

 

A question rises, as to why we train rural women in ICT’s. On a happy note majority rural women practice agricultural and find it very difficult to market their agriculture outputs.

 

Introducing women to effectively use their mobile phones in accessing market was another benefit to the women. They now know the price of the crops and gain confidence to negotiate with the buyers.

As an organization, building women capacity in ICTs eases communications with its target via sms, because women have learnt to read their SMS messages.

However on a sad note many women find it challenging to access and use and the tools like computers and internet because of existing poor infrastructure in rural areas and limited connectivity, high costs of the internet also aggravates the situation.

On 29th June 2013, the African Women Development Fund (AWDF), Dr Rudith King- evaluator for AWDF- Ghana and Zeytuna Abdella Azasoo- who is a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist visited Uganda to evaluate the project. NVIWODA invited some beneficiaries to share their experiences and voice out the benefits gained from the grant

 

Women had this to say:-

Ms. Etheldrada Yatuuha who is engaged in Doll making as her enterprise, said that NVIWODA trained her in ICT’S and, I have benefited quite a lot   as I have been able to diversify and access market, gain knowledge on product development and designs at the same time advertise via internet. Today she sells her dolls in Washington DC, through a buyer namely Njamba Kuria, all Business deal is conducted online with reduced costs.

St.Bruno Doll Making Group has also been accessed by Global Vital Voices an NGO based in U.S.A, who have also built her artisan capacity to improve on her products quality standards. “It was my first time to travel to Nairobi and attend the workshop, I received my air ticket electronically” all this is attributed to NVIWODA who built my capacity to use ICT’s.

For orders with in Kampala, we do not loose time to deliver our products because we use a mobile phone to interact with our customers, receive orders and deliver using the quickest means of transport the motorcycle in Uganda, locally known as  “Boda Boda”

Because I am empowered to use ICT’s tools, St. Bruno Doll Making Group has created a face book page; we advertise our products for Free reducing the advertisement costs.

Currently I am studying a degree in Theology online and will be graduating next year 2014, from College for Global Deployment.

Regina Batabaire, who is an entrepreneur and a member of Reach out to the Wives of the soldiers Association (RWOSA), is also a beneficiary of the NVIWODA  ICT’s project, she had  this to say.

“Being a wife of the soldier, I had lagged behind but by joining women I have improved my human potential and after training in ICT workshop organized by NVIWODA, I now have an email address contact. I further trained and perfectly learnt to use a computer. I am now a trainer of other women in my group.

Regina made the evaluator laugh when she said that “I own a business and money is no longer my problem”. Regina runs a canteen at the same time she is an ICT manager at RWOSA Project.

Judith Nsubuga also a CBO member of NVIWODA noted that, she is an old woman, but she is well equipped with technological tool standards. She can also access and apply ICTs in her daily life. Kabaawo Women’s Cooperative Savings and Credit Society, a women group she belongs to, applies ICTs through managing their financial transactions and also has developed a training centre for their members.

Maria Muriisa who is an individual member of NVIWODA, works in hand with her husband under, “Kwetu Africa” the company produces bags, table mats, necklace from recycled paper materials.

Maria says, before she trained in ICT’s they were selling their products through the third party and it was impossible for her to obtain and directly access the market of their products. But after learning how to use internet, Maria is happy to reach her market personally and sales have increased.

Mugalula Jessica says “I am happy to access the internet as this has improved my bakery enterprise. I can now find and learn from various updated cake designs, hence increased customers and sales.

With the grant the organization bought a a Laptop and internet connection too, because it is portable it helped the training of women in both regions. Documenting has become much easier unlike before, when we frequented the internet cafes in Kampala, to type our work and communicate with development partners, members and public. However, the organization seeks more support to acquire more computers for its office.

A lot of testimonials from members were enriching success stories of the impact of AWDF grant support to NVIWODA, and these   stories were from few beneficiaries that were reached at that moment.  

The entrepreneurs show cased the products, to exhibit their success..

 

LONG LIVE NVIWODA LONG LIVE African Women Development Fund (AWDF).

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Wives of the Soldier’s Economic Status Uplifted

ImageReach out to the Wives of the Soldiers (ROWOSA), is one of the thirty first community based women group member of Ntulume Village Women Development Association (NVIWODA).

 In 2000 NVIWODA participated in the Parliamentary NGO Exhibition and was able to meet the Coordinator of Reach out to the Wives of the soldiers (RWOSA), who showed keen interest in NVIWODA’s programmes and requested NVIWODA to reach out to the wives of the soldiers, who lived in devastated state of poverty, as most they only depended on their husband’s incomes. The women lived in isolation and lacked employable skills and opportunities that could improve their knowledge that could generate income to support their children.

In 2001 RWOSA partnered with NVIWODA who was able to make a significant change in the lives of the wives of the soldiers through Entrepreneurship /Information and Communication Technology empowerment programmes and fifty six (56) women benefited from the two training programmes conducted by NVIWODA in 2001 and 2007. Their human capacity tremendously changed, as they are also able to contribute to the welfare of the family. “We are no longer beggars commented the Coordinator /Founder, Mrs. Jovanice Bbosa.”

On 20th February 2013 RWOSA, graduated over one hundred women and men who have been trained by RWOSA in employable skills. Tailoring, ICTs, mushroom growing, tie and dye, and baking and some of the skills RWOSA offers to the community.

The event was attended by many dignitaries, who included Hon. MPS, UPDF officers, the Mayor -Bombo Town Council, the Guest of Honor. Minister of education sports and Culture awarded the certificates in Information and Communication Technology (ICTS), to twenty graduates.

A journey of a1000 miles begins with one step, in her remarks the Coordinator said that RWOSA begun in December 2000, when she realized that the wife of a soldier spend most of her time wasteful in rumor mongering, as they lacked what to do.

She recognized many individuals and organizations and husbands who supported to develop RWOSA. Among the NGOs that were recognized included Ntulume Village Women Development Association (NVIWODA) and Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET). Both organizations respectively supported RWOSA through small grants and strengthening their organizations capacity.

Regina Batabaire, who put the knowledge into good use testified that “I am empowered, I do business, I surf the internet, tweet, and I use face book, I am a Project Manager of RWOSA ICT training centre project and I am also a tailor. I feel I am a better woman than before” she strongly commended NVIWODA for building her capacity, through entrepreneurship.

In her closing remarks, the Hon Guest of Hon. Jessica Alupo said that, the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who will be able to learn and re-learn. She applauded the Government for having identified ICTs as a channel to social and economic transformation of Uganda. To Skill the country, development skilling programmes is the way for Ugandans of all ages, and gender inclusive. Training of Trainers in industrial training could be provided to accelerate the transformation of Ugandans.

Projects developed by RWOSA, is a positive asset, as they can improve quality of life of the wives of the soldiers and their families and even after the retirement one can still remain productive in their community.

The women members of RWOSA have changed forever; the knowledge is an asset to the family.

 

 

 

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Wives of the soldier’s economic status uplifted

REGINA BATABAIRE TESTIFIES HOW HER LIFE HAS CHANGEDReach out to the Wives of the Soldiers (ROWOSA), is one of the thirty first community based women group member of   Ntulume Village Women Development Association (NVIWODA).

In 2000 NVIWODA participated in the Parliamentary NGO Exhibition and was able to meet the Coordinator of Reach out to the Wives of the soldiers (RWOSA), who showed keen interest in NVIWODA’s programmes and requested NVIWODA to reach out to the wives of the soldiers, who lived in devastated state of poverty, as most they only depended on their husband’s incomes. The women lived in isolation and lacked employable skills and opportunities that could improve their knowledge that could generate income to support their children.

In 2001 RWOSA partnered with NVIWODA who was able to make a significant change in the lives of the wives of the soldiers through Entrepreneurship /Information and Communication Technology empowerment programmes and fifty six (56) women benefited from the two training programmes conducted by NVIWODA in 2001 and 2007. Their human capacity tremendously changed, as they are also able to contribute to the welfare of the family. “We are no longer beggars commented the Coordinator /Founder, Mrs. Jovanice Bbosa.”

On 20th February 2013 RWOSA, graduated over one hundred women and men who have been trained by RWOSA in employable skills. Tailoring, ICTs, mushroom growing, tie and dye, and baking and some of the skills RWOSA offers to the community.

The event was attended by many dignitaries, who included Hon. MPS, UPDF officers, the Mayor -Bombo Town Council, the Guest of Honor. Minister of education sports and Culture awarded the certificates in Information and Communication Technology (ICTS), to twenty graduates.

A journey of a1000 miles begins with one step, in her remarks the Coordinator said that RWOSA begun in December 2000, when she realized that the wife of a soldier spend most of her time wasteful in rumor mongering, as they lacked what to do.

She recognized many individuals and organizations and husbands who supported to develop RWOSA. Among the NGOs that were recognized included Ntulume Village Women Development Association (NVIWODA) and Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET). Both organizations respectively supported RWOSA through small grants and strengthening their organizations capacity.

Regina Batabaire, who put the knowledge into good use testified that “I am empowered, I do business, I surf the internet, tweet, and I use face book, I am a Project Manager of RWOSA ICT training centre project and I am also a tailor. I feel I am a better woman than before” she strongly commended NVIWODA for building her capacity, through entrepreneurship.

In her closing remarks, the Hon Guest of Hon. Jessica Alupo said that, the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who will be able to learn and re-learn. She applauded the Government for having identified ICTs as a channel to social and economic transformation of Uganda. To Skill the country, development skilling programmes is the way for Ugandans of all ages, and gender inclusive. Training of Trainers in industrial training could be provided to accelerate the transformation of Ugandans.

Projects developed by RWOSA, is a positive asset, as they can improve quality of life of the wives of the soldiers and their families and even after the retirement one can still remain productive in their community.

The women members of RWOSA has changed forever; the knowledge is an asset to the family.

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NVIWODA 25 YEARS MAGAZINE

25 years MagNVIWODA, anniversary Magazine is an information to share with the rest of the world.
Kindly read through page by page to learn more about the transforomation of grassroots women in in the past twenty five years of Ntulume Village Women Development Assocation ( NVIWODA) .

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16th June 2012, Colorful and a moment to remember NVIWODA Silver Jubilee Celebration

Amidst pomp, glamour, humility and thanksgiving, http://www.nviwoda.wordpress.comcelebrated its Silver Jubilee year in style and launch of its “School outreach Program 2012-2014 “Connecting Girls inspiring their Futures through Entrepreneurship” on the 16th June 2012 at Mengo S.S.S in Kampala. Targeting the ages of 9-14 years, through this program, NVIWODA has already reached out to six hundred and thirty six girls and boys pupils, in four primary schools within Kampala District,.Image

To further the Global Theme “Connecting Girls inspiring their Futures “ by 2014, NVIWODA plans to reach out to more girls in twenty, more schools in various Districts. This new initiative is aimed at bridging the gap of gender inequality.

The mentoring program is where “NVIWODA Senior mothers” mentor, counsel and pass on positive morals, cultural skills, building self confidence, including entrepreneurial skills to young girls in school. Girls are cautioned of the challenges ahead of the them and advised, to focus on their vision.

Attended by hundreds of women across the ten districts where NVIWODA has touched lives, testimonies of hard work, challenges, lifting each other up and trying again, has seen women entrepreneurs emerge from ordinary grass root women to become successful entrepreneurs, landlady, business owners and role models.

A wonderful exhibition of the products made from the skills that have been acquired over twenty five years of trainings, was testimony to the hard work these women put in.Image

The occasion was graced by Hon. Victoria Sebagereka also the chairperson Kayunga District Farmers Association as the Chief Guest. Other special guests included the Former President and Secretary General NAWOU http://www.nawouganda.org, the current Secretary General NAWOU, the Administrative Secretary USSIA, Board Member UWEAL, Director -WEGCDA ,Representatives of NVIWODA CBOs from various districts ,Senior Program officer Information Sharing and Network among WOUGNET, other important dignitaries, Resident District Councils and friends of NVIWODA, attended the Jubilee. The Chaplain of Mengo S.S.S, Mrs. Elizabeth Katumba graced the occasion.

The Launch of the Programme, was occasioned by the pupils from Mother Care Day and Boarding Primary School of Bunamwaya Lubaga Division. The Head teachers of Kitebi Primary School, Nansana Church of Uganda, and St. Johns Bweyogerere represented the schools.

Hon Victoria Sebagereka, in her key note address noted that as Women, it is important to remember where we come from and where we are going and NVIWODA had done just that. The documentary tracing the birth of NVIWODA under the umbrella tree ( Tarminalia) in the compound of the, Late Mzee Kezironi Mukasa Ntulume (RIP), to the singing competitions this  saw the birth of the current NVIWODA entrepreneurial spirit was an inspiring show.

Hon. Victoria Sebagereka noted that for women activism to have impact, it must be dignified. Only with dignity causes are achieved. She noted that we as women we should not lose the moral fiber. Traditionally women have been “Role models in society”. To be role models and inspire others, women should give back to society, what it has given to us.Image

As Uganda celebrates its Golden Jubilee this year, it finds organizations like NVIWODA leaps ahead in the socio- economic empowerment of women and families.

With minimum donor and outside support, NVIWODA has managed within its own resources to proudly grow to the level where it is now.

Congratulations NVIWODA upon achieving 25 years of existence!! TEAM – “Together we can achieve more”

 

 

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NVIWODA PRESS RELEASE Launch of: “Connecting Girls, inspiring their Futures through Entrepreneurship program 2012-2014” & Silver Jubilee Celebration ON 16th June 2012

Ntulume Village Women Development Association (NVIWODA), is a women Non-governmental organization, established in 1987, by a group of women. To celebrate its 25 years Silver Jubilee (1987-2012), NVIWODA will launch the “Connecting Girls; Inspiring Futures through Entrepreneurship training Programme”.
The three year programmes will involve outreaches to Twelve Primary Schools in three districts The programme hopes to reach over two thousand girls with a mission to equip them with entrepreneurship skills as capacity building for sustainable livelihoods which is part of the organizational Vision to promote family incomes at grassroots level.
The Programme Coordinator and Woman Achiever Award Winner in 2006. Cissy Nyarwa says, “To make the event a great success, we hope to rise from members and well wishers. $. 8,458, which will be put towards the new initiative, to reach out to school girls, and prepare them for a positive future.
The organization throughout its existence has focused on social and economic development of women in Uganda, through networks of over thirty community based women and youth groups, geographically located in ten districts of Uganda.
Cissy adds, “Throughout our experience, we have noted that young people fail to get into gainful productivity because they lack entrepreneurship skills. Although it is now on the syllabus in schools, this is merely treated as another subject to pass”. “We want to be practical” she notes.
The launch of the “Connecting Girls, inspiring their Futures through Entrepreneurship 2012-2014 training programme will take place on 16th June 2012 at Mengo Senior Secondary School starting at 9am. This is coincide with the silver jubilee celebrations.
NVIWODA Achievements over the 25 years:-

 In 2003 NVIWODA was recognized with a 15th Anniversary Global Fund for Women (GFW) (U.S.A based NGO) Grant Award.
The global Award was given to the women groups who excelled in their work and it was for re-granting to other women groups in Uganda. GFW over many years has supported NVIWODA activities that promote social, economic, human rights and ensuring food security at household level in Uganda.
 In 2006, NVIWODA achieved a National Woman Achiever Award. This Award is in recognition to those women in Uganda, who excel in their work of community development and reaching out to empower a wider community of women.
In this regard, NVIWODA excelled in empowering women, through training and equipping them with skills in enterprise development for income generation.
 Together we can make it: – The Women Entrepreneurs collectively mobilized financial resources through shareholding and established NVIWODA Development Enterprise Company Limited, to support the trained entrepreneurs.
 Over two thousand five hundred women and youth, located in ten districts of Uganda, have benefited from the organization acumen.http://www.nviwoda.wordpress.com,www.nviwoda.interconnection.org
 Besides that in 2012, the Senior Mother members reach out to schools to connect and inspire the girls through entrepreneurship. This is aimed at preparing, and building self confidence for a bright future.
We wish to thank our donors who have supported us to achieve this far since we started in 1987 to date, namely, Netherlands Embassy, Canadian Embassy, Global Fund for Women (GFW), United Methodist Church. And other donors who sponsored us to attend conferences abroad, that has built our capacity, namely Commonwealth Foundation, American Embassy, and British Embassy and others who have supported us through our network umbrellas.
We wish to take this opportunity, to call on all well wishers to contribute towards the success of NVIWODA Silver Jubilee Anniversary, in order to appreciate our members for the tremendous contribution, both human, materials and working as a Team over the years to maintain our values, and reaching out to many grassroots’ women in Uganda and for coming with a new initiative of reaching to girls at school and prepare them for the positive future.
For more information please contact:-
Nyarwa Cissy Edith
Programme Coordinator/Woman Achiever
Tel:+256 772452965 or +256 041 4 272105
E-mail:nviwoda@utlonline.co.ug or nyarwacissy@lycos.com

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FOOD INSECURITY IN UGANDA

The most rural areas in Uganda, agriculture, are the backbone of a home. Many women are the major providers of food for the family, including children. Small scale farmers practice long ago traditional and poor farming methods.  Women remain landlocked in their home with no opportunity to learn new methods.

With ignorance they continue to grow food for family consumption.They lack nutritional value foods that could maintain their healthy and have no surplus for sale, to meet the other basic necessities in a home. In the long run many families would be food insecure leading to famine.

Scarcity of Labour force

To increase food production there is need for labour force, and yet the productive youth, have the tendency of making quick money, therefore do not  participate in farming activities. In a home of many people one would find the women as the main source, that provides food for entire family, in addition to caring for other daily cores of collecting firewood and fetching water which is normally distance away.

Because women practice poor farming methods, this greatly impedes their food yield outputs. Opportunity to access tools that can empower them i.e. knowledge and information is rare. They grow food crops which cannot survive under bad weather conditions and more prone to pests and diseases.  Irrigating techniques is a myth in many areas, and with lack of knowledge on irrigation technology, famine is a threat.

Women farmers hands on skills development

Innovative Intervention to Ensuring Food Security by NVIWODA.

In 1987 a group of women in Ntulume Village established a women Non-Government organization. The organization this year will celebrate twenty five years of its existence and has achieved a positive track record.

Working with women at lower levels could be a positive intervention to enable women in rural areas, participate in development arena and bridge the gap of gender in-equality among others. NVIWODA works with thirty, Community Based Women Groups found in ten districts in Uganda.

Food Security Initiative at hand creates awareness to women and engages them to practice modern farming including husbanding animals in an integrated and sustainable manner, to reduce the risks associated with climate change.

Ensuring Food Security through Practicing Integrated and Sustainable Farming

Global Fund for Women a U.S.A based NGO,http://www.globalfundforwomen.org, in July 2011, Grant, to NVIWODA enabling them  to intervene in ensuring food security at household status. The project is being implemented; in South Mawokota in Mpigi District in South Mawokota Development Activist partner a CBO of the organization.

For a positive attitudinal change and to achieve the initiative objectives, NVIWODA yet partners with   specialized and established agriculture training Institutions, in particular St. Jude Integrated and Sustainable Agriculture Training Centre and Institute of Development Strategies (IDS). Both practice modern farming.

Twenty seven women farmers, so far are directly benefitting from the current activities of the project. Theory and practical training, in Integrated and Sustainable Agriculture plus Indigenous Poultry Management for commercial are offered.

Women from the eight Parishes of South Mawokota – Mpigi, grow crops like Matooke, cassava, potatoes, maize, tubers (yam), in addition beans, ground nuts, and some vegetables like bitter egg plants, are grown for home consumption. Cash crop like Coffee is also grown in this area.

After October 2011, the beneficiaries understood how the Climate Change is affecting their farming activities and are in agreement of the essence of finding a solution to reduce the risks of famine at household level.

Despite the challenge of the changing weather patterns the beneficiaries are considering to modernize their farming methods. Technologies to harvest water, when the rains begin could be an alternative solution to support farming, however, women lack the opportunity to access financial resources to acquire water harvesting resource materials

Women trained in modern farming – Practice makes perfect

Taking stock of the knowledge offered women are able to make compost manure, natural pest diseases control, animal husbandry, piggery and poultry management of indigenous chicken in a more careful manner. Those practicing animal husbandry have many chances to make composite manure to enhance farming. Areas like nutrition and hygiene is an additional outcome for this intervention.

women farmers learning on how to make contours using "A frame" method.

“Development begins in the stomach”

In Uganda at this time of the season there is scarcity of enough food and prices have hiked due to a number of reasons. i.e. exporting food to other neighboring areas  and other factors like pests and diseases, climate change conditions have too aggravated the situation. The long dry season spell is a threat, we hope rains come soon.

Women nutrition is a very important component and NVIWODA emphasizes to increase feeding well to remain healthy too. Bearing that in mind, the beneficiaries have been introduced to growing new vegetable that had not grown before, e.g. Egg plants, green

Women and Nutrition

pepper, cucumber, beetroot, carrots, amaranthus, kale, coriander, celery, beetroot, French beans, leek, water melon.  Seed were distributed by NVIWODA

What is it in it for women?

Nyonyi poultry Farm Enterprise – Masaka, engaged in animal husbandry, vegetable, banana, maize and fruit growing, she also keeps poultry at a medium scale, Theresa a retired secretary is the Director.  Green Valley Investments- Gayaza- Kampala, Grace Twinomugisha, manages three fishponds, and piggery at Gayaza, Blind but Able Association keeps free range indigenous chicken and at St. Jude sustainable Agriculture Centre, all these hosted the women to enable them by seeing, practicing and sharing information.

Grace and Theresa are both NVIWODA members, practicing sustainable agriculture so sharing with the women was vital and women had the opportunity to see much knowledge in a reality.

Sustainable Agriculture

At end of the training the feelings were indeed high, and they said “In ignorance we have tilled the land and lost energy for a long time, we are now ready to work”.

Women said that “This was their first important training they ever received, because they were able to learn from fellow women and share important information.

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