managed by Shadrak K. (Communication)
Empower and Care Organization has been registered since 2006, and operates in Mukono District, Central Uganda, and Maracha district, Northern Uganda. Our mission is to reduce poverty and HIV/AIDS through the creation of economic empowerment, and educational opportunities and support for disadvantaged groups of people. Our activities are targeted toward vulnerable women, particularly widows and those living with HIV/AIDS, as well as vulnerable children, youth, and the elderly.
The vision and philosophy of EACO is based on the belief that every human being is a unique individual and that we all have a right to good health and basic needs and should access means to a comfortable life in one way or another.
EACO is committed to a development process that promotes equality. EACO believes in and strives to uphold the rights and dignity of all people especially in the rural communities. EACO upholds principles of stewardship with its resources and is committed to support vulnerable children and disadvantaged people fight poverty, ignorance and diseases such as Malaria and HIV/AIDS.
In Mukono, women bear almost all responsibility for meeting basic needs of the family, yet are systematically denied the resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfill this responsibility. The vast majority of the poor in Mukono are women, and two-thirds of the illiterates in this community are female. Of the millions of school age children that are not in school, the majority are girls. Furthermore, at this time, HIV/AIDS is rapidly becoming a woman's disease.
Providing job opportunities could change these trends. EACO’s income findings suggest, most women also lack the capital for the startup costs necessary to engage in successful entrepreneurial informal activities. This predisposition further inhibits their ability to generate a sustainable income and renders them unqualified to benefit from economic growth opportunities such as microfinance programs. Their lack of skills, education, and capital serves as a barrier to economic opportunity.
This project will target vulnerable women, particularly widows and those living with HIV/AIDS, Orphans, and grandmothers caring for vulnerable children through providing training for economic opportunities.
This project will enable women to engage in income-generating activities. The ability to increase their income and invest in their families and communities will then help to improve their families' health and well-being.
This project will address economic opportunity for women by providing training and individualized instruction in entrepreneurship, marketing techniques for small businesses, micro finance, and the implementation of income-generating activities (IGAs), including farming, vegetable growing, chicken rearing, piggery, mushroom growing, tailoring and design, arts and crafts, and hair dressing and styling.
By providing women food farmers easy access to credit, adequate training and instilling in them the importance of saving, EACO empowers women and girls to engage in income-generating activities to increase their incomes and invest in their families and communities.