OVER 1,000 rural businesswomen have been trained in entrepreneurial, management and leadership skills.
Twenty-one selected women groups from across the country also got business counselling and advisory services.
The training was conducted under Enterprise Uganda’s Strengthening Women Entrepreneurs Project (SWEP), a report indicated.
“The training has improved the operational efficiency of the women-owned enterprises and increased revenue collection,” the report said.
It added that household incomes of the rural women, purchasing power and jobs had increased because of the women’s involvement in economic activities.
“This has improved Uganda’s balance of payments because of increased export of locally-produced goods. This has also improved food security.”
Enterprise Uganda said as a result of the training, four women groups were engaged in agro-processing, while seven were involved in crop husbandry. “Seven others are involved animal husbandry, while three are engaged in making textiles, arts and crafts.
“We conducted business health checks on all the groups to identify their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats,” reads the report, adding, “The common challenges we discovered included limited entrepreneurial skills, lack of capital, weak group management structures and leadership, lack of strategic planning and market access.”
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