number of applicants seeking funds under the Uganda Women Entrepreneurship
Program (UWEP) in the Lira District has reduced.
started its implementation in the 2015/2016 financial year to mainly empower
the most vulnerable women for entrepreneurship development and increase
would be achieved through the provision of zero interest credit under a
revolving fund mechanism, promotion of appropriate technologies for improved
production and value addition and capacity building.
Lira, the program started in the 2016/2017 financial year with 52 women groups
and a total of 705 members. This first phase received a grant amounting to 227
During its second phase in the 2018/2019 financial year, the government
released 222 Million Shillings to 45 groups with 607 members.
there was also a drop in the number of women groups seeking funds from 45 to 28
in the financial year 2018/2019 and 2020/2021 respectively.
Ronnie Olao, the District’s UWEP coordinator attributed the reduction in the
number of groups to failure by the first groups to pay back despite being a
revolving fund. He says that it is the
responsibility of the groups to ensure that they refund the money so that other
new groups can also benefit.
to Olao, the delay in paying back the funds causes delays in funding the next
in: “As you are…
out: ...who showed interest.”//
was, however, notes that no penalties are being levied on groups who failed to
in: “Actually this program…
out: ...make these recoveries.”//
Ajwang, the chairperson of Par Pii Ayim, a Women Group which will be getting
the funds this year is excited that the interest rate is small and affordable.
in: “Gin omio wa…
out: ... kede pacent apar.”//
Akullo, the treasurer for Coorom Women Group said they shall attain a lot of
profit from the UWEP fund that can help them pay for their children school fees
among others and buy valuable properties for their homes.
in: “Cente nii ka…
out: ...abino atitino ipacu.”//
week, the Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija bowed to pressure and retained the
Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Program (UWEP) fund for women and Youth
Livelihood funds under the Ministry of Gender Labor and social development.
This was after he introduced to MPs, a proposal for the Parish development
model seeking to economically empower Ugandans at the parish level.
The model is a strategy being fronted by the Government in the next
financial year for organizing and delivering public and private sector
interventions for wealth creation and employment generation at the parish level
as the lowest economic planning unit.
said that the youth and women funds will remain under the Ministry of Gender
over a transition period to the parish model and this will last for two
financial years. He pleaded in vain for members to approve the funding.