ENTERPRISE TEENAGE MOTHERS UGANDA
We work to create employment opportunities for teenage mothers in areas affected by conflicts in Uganda through empowering them with skills
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ENTERPRISE TEENAGE MOTHERS UGANDA
Start-Up (a pilot that has just started operating)
Annual budget in 2017 (USD)
Number of beneficiaries impacted so far
Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector
Headquarters location: Country
Headquarters location: City
Moroto, Karamoja region
Location(s) of impact
UGANDA: Moroto, kotido, Kitgum, Rukungiri, Lira,Masindi
Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?
Due to political conflicts that occurred in Uganda especially the northern part, many young girls lack guidance and protection when growing up so they end up becoming pregnant at a tender age and dropping out of school with no support. They lose hope and many are being forced into early marriages because of the situation so ETMu mobilizes these young girls, train them on skills that can help them produce items that can be sold and they earn some money to support themselves and fight poverty
Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?
We work to create employment opportunities for the teenage mothers in areas affected by conflicts in Uganda through empowering them with practical skills such as tailoring, knit, sew, crafting, add value to agricultural products and provide market for their products.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work
According to UNESCO, about 10 percent of Ugandan girls aged between 15-19 drop out of school each year due to early pregnancies, out of 1.2 million pregnancies recorded in Uganda annually, 25 percent are teenage pregnancies, families are marrying off teenage mothers as a source of income due to general poverty and many families are keeping them at home to do household chores.
The costs related to teenage pregnancies remain a big burden for the country since they are often not able to complete secondary school and cannot get decent jobs. This is where we have come with our initiative to equip these young mothers with skills so that they can fight poverty and dependency in their communities. We believe we shall reduce the issue of poverty among these young mothers by 10% every year.
Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?
We provide market for the products made by teenage mothers. After buying we store these products until they fetch better prices and sometimes export and earn more money which we use to recruit more teenage mothers and support the day to day business of the organisation.
We also organise fundraising twice a year where we are able to put to mobilise about 5000USD which helps us in running the organisational activities
Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?
Unlike Mama Tendo Foundation that supports young girls in general with trainings, ETMu does not only equip teenage mothers with skills but also provides information on available opportunities, supports them to produce for the same opportunities and facilitates them with market and this makes the young girls more active, regain confidence and restore lost hope for a brighter future.
Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.
At the age of 15, I became a mother and faced a lot of challenges including vending bananas to raise my school fees and that of my daughter when she reached the age of school so the idea of this innovation came into my mind then and I worked hard to complete my studies so I could one day stand up to support these young mothers and so in 2016, I decided to put together all my research and findings and began the organisation
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