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WITU HUB

An innovation and incubation space for young women to co-create, startup and scale up small businesses.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Our idea is the WITU HUB. A young women focused innovation and incubation space that offers an open space where young women can start up, co-create and scale up small businesses. The hub is aimed at developing the young women’s skills for identification of opportunities to start and manage their own businesses thus improving employ-ability of youth. The young women are taken through technology, leadership, life skills, financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills trainings. They are also taken through some critical thinking sessions to transform their way of learning and thinking, so that they don’t ask questions like what will government do for them, instead think about what their role in their community and society is. The WITU Hub also acts as a safe space to vulnerable young women, taking them through attitude and behavioral change sessions that inspire and motivate them to build or seed the creation of new ideas that when nurtured with the critical thinking skills and the necessary resources those ideas can be turned into sustainable ventures which will impact our societies. WITU also provides small loans to the young women’s promising ideas to build them into sustainable ventures. The problem is unemployment for Ugandan Youth which stands at 10% unemployment rate. This creates the need for harnessing youthful labor force through job creation, the creativity of the youthful minds for innovation. The youth are seen as the spring force for fighting poverty.

WHO BENEFITS?

WITU targets and works with Young women between 15 to 30 years from underserved communities in Kampala and its surrounding areas. Women empowerment is essential for accelerated social economic transformation. Women constitute 51% of Uganda’s population and should play a role in the development process.

TELL US MORE ABOUT YOU

Women in Technology Uganda (WITU) started in 2011 and registered in Uganda as a non-profit organization. WITU aims at empowering young women in Technology and Business by building capacity through training, mentoring and networking. WITU believes and is very passionate about changing lives of women.

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED?

  • Uganda

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRY(IES)

  • Yes, for more than one year.

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

  • I do not have experience working in a sector related to my idea

WITU HUB

EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

Uganda has the youngest and most rapidly growing population in the world and a high fertility rate of 6.2. A big percentage of Uganda’s population is younger than 15 years standing at 52% above Sub- Sahara Africa’s average of 43.2%. This situation translates into high youth dependency ratio. Unemployment for Ugandan Youth stands at more than 65% and the rate of underemployment is high, despite a 10% unemployment rate. This situation is connected to a UNESCO report on youth and skills, working below the poverty line is a much widespread phenomenon than not working at all (UNESCO, 2012).

The Ugandan Vision 2040 sees the youthful population as the springboard for achieving a middle income status. This has created the need for harnessing youthful labour force through job creation, the creativity of the youthful minds for innovation. That is what Women in Technology Uganda addresses by mentoring, inspiring and training in skills for young women.

The WITU HUB is a women focused innovation and incubation space that offers an open space where young women can start up, co-create and scale up small businesses. It is aimed at developing the young women’s skills of identification of opportunities to start and manage their own businesses thus improving employability of youth. The young women are taken through technology, leadership, life skills, financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills. They are also taken through some critical thinking sessions to transform their way of learning and thinking, so that they don’t ask questions like what will government do for them, instead think about what their role in their community and society is.

The Hub also acts as a safe space to vulnerable young women, taking them  through attitude and behavioural change sessions that inspire and motivate them to build or seed the creation of new ideas that when nurtured with the critical thinking skills and the necessary resources those ideas can be turned into sustainable ventures which will impact our societies.

WITU provides small loans to the young women’s promising ideas to build them into  sustainable ventures.

WHO BENEFITS

WITU targets and works with Young women between 15 to 30 years from underserved communities in Kampala and its surrounding areas. Women empowerment is essential for accelerated social economic transformation. Women constitute 51% of Uganda’s population and should play a role in the development process.

TELL US ABOUT YOU

Women in Technology Uganda started in 2011 and registered in Uganda as a non-profit organization. WITU aims at empowering young women in Technology and Business by building capacity through training, mentoring and networking. WITU believes in women and are passionate about the success of women in Uganda and believe that technology can and is playing a big role in the success of women. Through relevant training of young women, we know that Uganda will grow not only economically and socially but greatly influence the next generation of Ugandan women and girls. WITU’s goal is to:

Inspire: Young women to believe in themselves

Teach: Train in relevant community Leadership, technology and business education

Create: Community Leaders, technologists and business women

WHERE WILL YOUR IDEA BE IMPLEMENTED

Underserved communities in Kampala  and its surrounding areas.

EXPERIENCE IN IMPLEMENTATION COUNTRIES

WITU has worked in underserved communities in Uganda for the last 3 years. It has trained and directly impacted  1020 young women currently runs a Career Leadership and Life skills training program (CLSP) a three (3) months training program that engages young women from underserved communities. They are trained in STEM, Entrepreneurship, leadership and Life skills increasing their chances at finding gainful employment or starting a business that is technology enabled.

WITU’s holistic theory of change looks at a girl or young woman’s life in a 360 angle, looking at Personal development, Leadership, Life skill, Health, Business skilling and job linkages or smart loans.   In the long run, this creates a community of exemplary women ready to take on careers in technological fields thus reducing the technology gender gap and business women creating strong and growing Small and Medium Enterprises.

EXPERTISE IN SECTOR

Prior to opening up the space, we engaged parents, community leaders, religious bodies, local government and young women to gain better understanding of the young women’s needs, their input to the space and buy in from them. This way, they have all been and still a great resource for recruitment, feedback and impact measurement. They have become our voice in communities and this has led to attracting other supporters including funders. Having existed three years now, WITU is the first and only women focused tech and business Hub in Uganda and has established itself as an environment to inspire, train, mentor and share ideas for all budding women in technology in order to realize the vision to support early stage and growing women SMEs.

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