The first group comprising of 90 women successfully completed the two year Business Management training course walking away with certificates at Makerere University Business School (MUBS) entrepreneurship center.
The course was segmented into 5 modules and the women attended classes every once a month for the last two years.
Speaking at presiding over the awards ceremony on 5th March 2018, MUBs Chancellor prof. Waswa Bulunywa revealed that the launch of the innovation and incubation center will further bolster progress in empowering women as they will be able to acquire necessary skills and expertise to start their own businesses with the help of dfcu bank and MUBs expert lecturers.
“We put more emphasis on women and girls because they are the most marginalized group. Women are the most vulnerable whose rights have been trampled on. We need economic empowerment projects to empower them financially. Women are the face of poverty as most of them look up to their spouses for financial support,” he remarked.
Women economic empowerment is very important for a country’s development right from the smallest unit of the community which is the family.
Empowering women brings about great reduction in dependence rates, increased household income leading to increased household purchasing power which results into an improved standard of living.
dfcu Bank Women in Business (WiB) program Manager, Victoria Byenkya, said; “As dfcu Bank we are fully committed to this cause and our doors will always be open to women. These women have been trained in all aspects of business management and they have learnt all the business acumen to run successful businesses. We also had business clinics, breakfast meetings and will continue with networking events. The next phase we are moving into is impact assessment to follow up on the women in their various businesses.”
Over 50,000 women have benefited from the various trainings that have been organized under the women in Business program.
“Through this training, I know how to identify needs, understand client, customer care, book keeping and marketing my business. Before I had products but I didn’t know how market them, but now I know better. I realized market is everywhere” Katema Evelyn Linnet Fleshy, one of the beneficiaries.