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Women Entrepreneurs Gear Up for GROW Project :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Women Entrepreneurs Gear Up for GROW Project

Tabitha Akello, a businesswoman dealing in supply of stationery in Kumi district says that whereas the government has introduced different projects targeting women empowerment, there’s hope in the GROW project because of its flexibility especially in considering individuals.
Minister Hellen Asamo with some of the women and officials from MGLSD after GROW project training in Soroti.

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Women entrepreneurs across the Teso and Karamoja sub-regions have set goals for The Generating Growth Opportunities and Productivity for Women Enterprises (GROW) project aimed at improving the financial capacity of women in the country.

The GROW Project launched in 2023 looks at increasing access to entrepreneurial services that enable female entrepreneurs to grow their businesses in targeted locations, including in host and refugee districts.

The approximately 7.6 trillion Shillings World Bank-funded project targets 60,000 micro and small female-owned enterprises including 3,000 refugee-owned businesses across the country. The project envisages 35,000 micro and 4,000 small women enterprises to transition from small to medium enterprises respectively by 2027.

Tabitha Akello, a businesswoman dealing in stationery in Kumi district says that whereas the government has introduced different projects targeting women's empowerment, there is hope in the GROW project because of its flexibility.  Akello argued the government to intervene in the high tax imposed on young entrepreneurs if the project must succeed.

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Mary Lochoro, a graduate dealing in general merchandise in Matany Town, Napak district says that the GROW project has friendly terms to boost business. Lochoro says that the project has grants for infrastructural development which always drains capital for most entrepreneurs.

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The State Minister for Persons with Disabilities, Hellen Asamo says that the GROW project is a direct boost to women in business who have had issues with financial institutions. She says that the project financing will not require additional sureties except for the existing projects.

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In Oyam District at the awareness and sensitization engagement for women entrepreneurs in Lango Betty Amongi, the Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development said the project will mobilize and build the capacity of the women for socio-economic transformation.

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Emily Akullo Omacara, the Deputy Executive Secretary at the National Women's Council tasked women entrepreneurs who benefited from other projects like the Uganda Women Empowerment Program (UWEP) and Emyooga to ensure that they pay back the loans to benefit from GROW.

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The project prioritizes major sectors dominated by female entrepreneurs like hotel, restaurant/food services, trade; education and health; textile, garments, leather products, and agriculture.

The government has introduced several other projects aimed at empowering women but the poverty situation continues to bite households across the country. The project comes shortly after the Parish Development Model (PDM) aimed at empowering the poorest communities in the country.