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Gov't Rolls Out GROW Project to Districts :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Gov't Rolls Out GROW Project to Districts

Dominic Mafabi Gidudu, the State Minister for the Elderly at the Ministry of Gender, addressed a sensitization meeting of district leaders at the Colline Hotel in Mukono. He highlighted that the project aims to provide an integrated package of services to female-owned enterprises, rather than isolated interventions.
The State Minster for Elderly at the Ministry of Gender, Dominic Mafwabi Gidudu examining some of the selected beneficiaries at Mukono.
The Gender, Labour, and Social Development Ministry rolled out the Growth Opportunities and Productivity for Women Enterprises (GROW) project on Tuesday, aiming to empower female entrepreneurs. This project, initially launched on June 21 at Kololo ceremonial grounds, is now being rolled out at the district level.

It commenced with the sensitization of women leaders, technocrats, and political leaders in preparation for implementation. The government secured a substantial grant of USD 217 million from the World Bank to fund the project, including USD 40 million dedicated to supporting refugees and host communities.

Dominic Mafabi Gidudu, the State Minister for the Elderly at the Ministry of Gender, addressed a sensitization meeting of district leaders at the Colline Hotel in Mukono. He highlighted that the project aims to provide an integrated package of services to female-owned enterprises, rather than isolated interventions.

“I am very happy the project specifically focuses on enabling female-owned enterprises to grow and transition to the next level of the business cycle. The project is also complementing various other efforts of the Government aimed at mobilizing and building the capacity of women for socio-economic transformation,” Gidudu noted.

Bernard Mujjuni, the Commissioner of Equity and Rights at the Ministry of Gender, emphasized that the GROW project interventions target the numerous challenges faced by women entrepreneurs. These challenges span social, economic, and psychological aspects, including the lack of networks, shortage of capital, and limited capacity for business expansion.

Mujjuni highlighted Uganda's leading position in Africa for women's business ownership, with 24-44 percent of all businesses owned by women. However, the majority (80-94 percent) of these businesses are micro-sized and operate within the informal economy, facing significant obstacles in growth, productivity, and working conditions.

The GROW project will support registered female-owned enterprises, including refugee-owned businesses, through a comprehensive course on essential business skills. This includes fundamental business practices, socio-emotional skills, digital literacy, sustainable business strategies, and approaches to address harmful gender norms.

The project aims to benefit 60,000 female-owned enterprises, including 3,000 refugee-owned businesses, with an additional 1.6 million indirect beneficiaries. These beneficiaries include male partners, communities, and household members across 135 districts and 11 cities in Uganda.