Sustain Micro Enterprise
Volunteer with Sustain Micro Enterprise Uganda
To empower vulnerable women and their families in Uganda
Transforming the lives of vulnerable women and their families through skills and tools towards a sustainable change in society.
We empower vulnerable women and families to fight poverty through microfinance, small business development, business and vocational training, mentorship and other empowerment programs.
Growing up in a community where women and children were more vulnerable and affected by poverty. Samuel Wanyagira was inspired to empower women and their families in the same situation to break the cycle of poverty.
In 2010, Sustain Micro Enterprise was founded. Samuel started giving out collateral free small loans to the vulnerable women using his personal savings. In combination with his business skills, he followed the goal to empower them to provide food for their children, education, and medical care.
With only (£72 or $113) Samuel was able to provide the first small loans to a group of 5 women. With an amazing impact, Samuel was impressed and believed that his approach can be used as sustainable tool that can help women fight poverty.
What we do
SustainME empowers vulnerable women and families to fight poverty through microfinance, small business development, business and vocational training, mentorship and other empowerment programs.
- Since 2013, over 800 vulnerable women have been empowered. Creating over 1500 small businesses thus directly supporting over 5600 children with a meal, school fees, medical care, better shelter and other basic needs.
- 800 vulnerable women empowered
- 1 Village Pilot Women’s Center created
- 1500 small businesses established
- 5600 children supported
- 58 women’s groups created
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Money, we receive is used for
- Provide small start-up loans for the women (£50/$70 per new business loan)
- Provide business and vocational skills (£20/$29 per business training)
- Offer mentorship (£10/$15 per woman)
- Purchase equipment in the Women’s Center
- Build our Women’s Center (see below)
Our current project
We are currently raising money for our big project. The goal is to build a Women’s Center in Rural Uganda. We have posted it on the GlobalGiving website where we are fundraising from. You can visit this link for more details
- The Center will offer vocational and business training along with basic literacy and numeracy. It will have a surgery with a free to use full-time nurse. Once open it will impact the lives of over 1600 vulnerable women in the area, helping many of them to create sustainable livelihoods.
Volunteer with Sustain Micro Enterprise
What we need
Provide business training
Help mentor the women (one to one or on a group)
Maintain our website and social media
Fundraise for our projects (design campaigns and more)
Facilitate weekly business group discussions and presentations
Office based work and administration such helping with finances and loan tracking
Photography and filming
How this will help
We can grow impact by reaching more women and families
Through a great and updated website we can spread the word
We can reach more audience with our social media
And also, we can save money for paying additional staff
- Minimum four weeks
The minimum length of stay is one month to ensure a good relationship to the women. If you like it here, you can stay with us up to a year.
Required skills from the volunteer
Business / Economics skills
Social Media / Website skills
Fundraising / grant writing skills
Photography / Filming
When do you take volunteers?
You can volunteer with Sustain Micro Enterprise all year round.
How much does it cost?
1.500 $ per month
What is included?
- Accomodation at the host family
- 3 meals a day
- Internet at host family
- Pick up to/from the Airport
- In-country transportation
- Project material
Do you have accommodation for the volunteers?
Our volunteers stay with host families which we have vetted and approved. The accommodation consists of one bed room and a bathroom (see pictures). However, some volunteers prefer staying in a hotel or guesthouse and we are also having that option. At the host family, the volunteers have the opportunity to learn more about our culture, they become part and members of that family and can engage with the locals in local activities.
Who visited the project personally?
No White Savior is a group of individuals in Uganda. Their collective experience in the development and aid sectors has lead them to a deep commitment to seeing things change in a more equitable and anti-racist direction. They recently visited Sustain ME and personally evaluated the project according to the standards.
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