UWEP Beneficiaries Struggle to Access Market in Masaka

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Juliet Kakooza, the group Secretary for Bumu Women Winemakers, in Kabonera Sub County, Masaka district, says they are stuck with their products whose demands cannot be satisfied by the local market despite the increased production.

Beneficiaries of the Women Entrepreneurship Program-UWEP, in Masaka district, are stuck with their products over lack of market.
 
In 2016, the government established a special fund to finance the Uganda Entrepreneurship Program-UWEP, with an intention to spur women financial empowerment in the country through extending support to their different enterprises.
 
However, the project is yet to register success due to the challenges faced by the beneficiaries.
 
Juliet Kakooza, the group Secretary for Bumu Women Winemakers, in Kabonera Sub County, Masaka district, says they are stuck with their products whose demands cannot be satisfied by the local market despite the increased production.

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The program supports each of the selected groups of 10 to 15 members with revolving funds ranging from 5 million shillings to 10 million. However, Kakooza notes that the funds are inadequate for the groups.
 
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Theresa Nazziwa, the group treasurer says that majority of women, especially in rural areas, are ignorant about the program. She wants the government to sensitize the community about the program and its benefits.
 
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Jane Ssanyu Mpagi, the Director of Gender and Community Development at the Ministry of Gender, says that the beneficiaries should explore all the available opportunities to market their products other than lamenting.

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She admits low funding of the program but says that they are in discussions with the Ministry of Finance to increase the budget.
 
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In the 2018/19 budget estimates, the Minister of Finance allocated UWEP 40 billion shillings, up from the Shillings 37 billion of the current financial year.