Mark from IRUCE

The Challange

In rural Uganda there is an unseen demographic of young single mothers living in poverty. As well as facing the struggle to provide for themselves and their families, single mothers in Uganda are often subjected to harsh social stigmas due to their circumstances.

Many of these single mothers will have fallen pregnant after being coerced into unprotected sex with false promises of marriage. A large proportion of these women and their children are now HIV positive, with 1.45 million people living with HIV. In Uganda woman, particularly younger women, are disproportionally effected (UN Aids Data 2017).

Of the eight women FACE has worked with over the first project, they all said they felt isolated and unable to participate in their community. As such, these women are trapped in an economic and social cycle of poverty.

FACE’s vision is to empower single parents and help create a society that accepts and respects single parents.

Creating change

Our work focuses on two key strands.

Income generation

We create sustainable income generating activities which enable young mothers in extreme poverty to become self-employed. This includes working with them to develop a business plan and proposal and offering them the opportunity to take advantage of interest free microloans.

We listen to the young mothers we work with, enabling them to make their own decisions and lead their project forward.

We personalise the support they receive and thereby address their unique circumstances.   

Skills and Education

We share key skills and knowledge in the community by facilitating educational workshops. These focus on practical skills and knowledge that is locally relevant, and can be applied to improve people's quality of life. The workshops are run by local experts and have so far included topics such as agriculture, sexual health, business, finance management and women's rights. 

We see this work as key to provide services to the wider community, as well as the women that we work closely with. This also provides a way for us to tackle some of the stigma around single mothers, highlighting issues such as womans rights.