Empower rural women through Village based Entrepreneurship

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Location: Uganda


In rural communities like Lwengo, women spend much of their time looking for firewood, fetching water and looking after their children and husbands. Here we work with women to improve their livelihoods through skills development such as craft making where they are able to make hand bags, table mats, hats and other products which they sell to earn income besides their domestic work. CIIRD empowers women and youth in rural communities with life skills so that they can use them to be self reliant. With your helping hand, we can make this possible and make the lives of rural women brighter by fighting poverty.

As Village Enterprise volunteer, your roles shall include;

* Sharing business skills with the women so they can improve their small scale farm businesses and other side businesses.
* Share marketing skill with the women/youth to get better market for their products both locally and internationally.
* Teach book keeping to rural women so they can keep track of their small scale businesses.
* Train the women in basic computer skills so that they can be able to use these skills to earn a living in life.
* Share any other skills that help these women improve their products to suite and compete on international /world-wide markets.
* Sensitize the community about human rights and best ways how to end domestic violence against women.
Work hours: Monday to Friday for about 7-8 hours a day, starting at 9am to 4pm.
Minimum stay: 2 weeks. Volunteers can arrive as individuals or teams.
Accommodation. The volunteers will reside with host families in the community. These homes have running water and well furnished rooms. The single bedrooms have electric power and a mosquito net. The volunteer will have to share the bathroom with the host family. Safety at the host families is guaranteed.
Meals. Volunteers will share meals with host families where they will be served with three meals a day that is breakfast, lunch and supper. Breakfast will be served before the day’s work starts at 8am or not later than 9am with tea, local snacks and fruits. Lunch and supper will be served on time too with a variety of local dishes.
Volunteers will get free accommodation, meals and transport in our project area.

Arrival in Uganda…

* Volunteers can arrive any time of the year.
* When you arrive in Uganda, we will be there at the airport to welcome you to the Pearl of Africa. We will escort you to our operation area which is 3 hours drive away from Entebbe airport.
* You will however meet your own airport pickup costs.
* You will get a Uganda tourist visa when you arrive in Entebbe at USD 50.00 and remember to carry your vaccination cards with you as you will be asked to present them.

Free time activities.

* Volunteer will be free to use their free time for excursions especially during weekends or selected days other than working days.
* Volunteers will be free to spend their free time in a green park, bar or a club for night life lovers, attend a social function or any other social places where you will meet other great volunteers in the area.
* Volunteers may also choose to spend a few days or one of their weekends at one of Uganda's most popular National Parks such as Murchison falls national park, queen Elizabeth national park or any other park where you will see wild animals but most especially Lake Mburo National park that is only about 2 hours drive from where you will be volunteering. You can also spend some free time at Nabugabo Sand beach or take a trip to the beautiful islands on Lake Victoria.
* Volunteers will have to pay extra fees for these activities.
* * * See you in Uganda! * * *

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