Enhance the participation of youths in skills training and production so as to contribute to job creation and improve household income.

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Organization name

Small is Great

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Established (the solution has passed the previous stages and demonstrated success)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $10k - $50k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 500 - 1,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • Uganda

Headquarters location: City

Kasangati, Wakiso district

Location(s) of impact

Uganda :Wakiso,Buikwe in the central and Amuru district Northern Uganda.


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Youth unemployment remains a serious policy challenge in many subsaharan African countries including Uganda in 2012 ,the Uganda bureau of statistics revealed that the share of unemployment among the total unemployed persons in the country was 64 %. To address the above challenge Small is Great developed a new youth entrepreneur programme to help address the youth un employment problem resulting from lack of employable skills and capital.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

Our focus has mainly been on female youths and women however there is need to engage also the male youths to help them build sustainable livilihood hence the need for the grant. -To provide more youths with marketable vocational skills and tools for job creation. -The acquisition of training materials such as farm tools ,carpentry and electrical equipments and sewing machines will help to offer hands on training this will give them an opportunity to acquire skills to start personal enterprises . -Increase access to loans for the youth and a shift in youth attitude to focus on job creation as opposed to looking for white collar jobs. -To encourage youths to form groups after training to receive soft loans to start an entrepreneurial project. -Training in market analysis, financial planning, business plan development in order to learn to transform business idea into reality.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Small is Great runs a training centre . -The initiative has trained over 200 under previllaged youths and over 450 women.We strive to enhance their lives through skills enrichment programes. They have acquired skills in farming,nutrition, tailoring, hairdressing, and crafts among others . -By January 2017, 70% of the beneficiaries trained are now employed or have started personal businesses ,animals given to groups thus an increase in the house hold income. -Businesses like charcoal burning and brick making that are destrucive to environment are now less engaged in because of the alternative sources of income. Social evils like prostitution and drug abuse that spark insecurity have been reduced . Self esteem and a positive attitude to work has been developed -New businesses created, as Small is Great Dream Bank supports members with soft loans to finance their businesses.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

-Youths are engaged in making products that generate income and an expected increase in incomes from the sales will help sustain the project. -The youths will be engaged in commercial farming,demonstration farms will be set up and visitors will have to pay to raise income . - financially stable youths will contribute some tuition to cover training costs. Estimated income -earned income 50% -Individual donations or gifts 40% -Others 10 %

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

It targets underprivileged, trains , provides start up capital and generates income for sustaining.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Inspired by the experience of its co founder Nalule Esther who grew up in poverty in Wakiso district Uganda ,being an orphan and having struggled to raise her siblings and her school fees.. Small is Great was founded on the belief that a better life is possible for every one. It all started by identifying the needy female youths especially the school dropouts, a workshop was organised to inspire them to identify and develop their personal dreams .It was a good learning experience as the youths identified the challenges they go through and possible solutions.It. is from the solutions that were given that a school was set up to give an opportunity to the underprevillaged with no hope of further education to achieve their dreams.

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A youth under training exhibiting her work


Tailoring class conducting a practical assignment


SUCCESS STORY Christine is a deaf girl, she completed her tailoring course at Girls Have a Dream School. A training project of Small is Great and is now working. She opened her business in Masooli village and now earns income to meet her personal needs.


The food and nutrition class under training. This is meant to teach the learners how to improve diet and prepare healthy meals with produce from the garden.


Trainees working in the school garden. This is meant to give them the skills for survival.Here they learn how to grow food in a sustainable way and how to run their own successful gardens for business and consumption


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