WETP is built on the idea that with appropriate tools and education, young women can grow into powerful leaders in the community and shape the economic and educational success of future generations. Participants learn vocational tools and strategies to create their own enterprises and sources of ongoing revenue. Participants also learn finance, accounting, leadership, goal setting, personal savings and how to create an effective village savings and loans cooperative. As model citizens, they work together to determine their own futures contexts, and educational backgrounds (many are not literate).
Annually, IYHA turns down between 5-7 cooperatives due to limited funding; directly impacting between 180-210 people.
Demographically, Uganda is the second youngest country in the world, with a median age of 15.9. Job creation simply cannot keep up with the number of people entering the workforce each year. As a result, more than 70% of Ugandans are employed in agriculture, with most youth working in unpaid or self-employed positions on family-owned farms.
Economic self-sufficiency is essential for independence and communal development. Agriculture is generally a family’s most valuable asset. IYHA programs include skill-building, business and technical training, and ongoing mentorship.