Tomorrow is International Women’s Day. A day to celebrate women and all they bring to our culture, our economy, and our world!
Kinship United’s focus has always been on two things: orphans and widows. We believe in God’s call to care for orphans and widows and that women deserve to be protected and empowered.
Most women in rural areas of Uganda have no way of generating an income. They might grow enough food for their families, but they have nothing left over to sell. During droughts or bad weather, this leaves widows destitute.
Even married women suffer. Many housewives are abused, assaulted, and mistreated by their husbands for being “a burden” to the family and not contributing to the finances.
It’s hard to ignore this suffering when it’s right in your community. That’s why our Kinship Homes in Uganda decided to create a Business Women Empowerment Workshop. To help women in these villages learn skills to make money for their families. Generating an income benefits both women living with their husbands, in fear of being abused, and widows who need to provide for their children.
The Business Women Empowerment workshop included:
- Motivational talks about business and being a woman
- Practical skills
- Business skills
- A Biblical Foundation
Rose, a widow at the workshop, lost her husband five years ago and has been struggling to care for her four children ever since. She was grateful for the chance to learn how to make “Bagiya” a typical Ugandan dish that she could sell. Before the workshop Rose believed Bagiya was only made in factories, so she was surprised to learn she could make and sell it for a profit.
We don’t believe there’s a better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than with women in Uganda who are being empowered!