Economic Empowerment through Income generating Activities

Economic empowerment plays an integral role in reducing discrimination on youth with Cerebral Palsy as it makes them to become economically active people which are among the symbols of acceptance in the community
Ritah Nalukoba aged 15 living with CP in Mpererwe Kampala was among the youths who clearly stated that the training in entrepreneurship opened her eyes to know that she can also make money through business.

“What is only standing in my way is just startup capital”, she noted. Ritah is one of the many Youth with CP who were given skills in entrepreneurship but lack capital to start a business of their own.
The majority of Parents/ caretakers of Children with CP live in abject poverty with limited capacity to meet most of the basic needs of life for their children. To demonstrate the capacity, potential and abilities of people with Cerebral Palsy to start manage and benefit from income generating projects (IGAs), there’s need to support them. The IGAs will improve their incomes and live independently.

 

Ritah Nalukoba aged 15 living with CP in Mpererwe Kampala was among the youths who clearly stated that the training in entrepreneurship opened her eyes to know that she can also make money through business.

“What is only standing in my way is just startup capital”, she noted. Ritah is one of the many Youth with CP who were given skills in entrepreneurship but lack capital to start a business of their own.

 

UNAC established that most families of children and youth with Cerebral Palsy would be able to manage the Income Generating Activitiess to enable them provide basic needs to their children. Most of them however, have limited opportunities to enable them start such projects.

Interaction with parents, care givers and people with Cerebral Palsy, indicated a number of projects that can be managed easily yet they have high returns of investment. These include;

  • Piggery projects
  • Poultry keeping
  • Farming ( growing yams, fruits and vegetables)
  • Art and crafts

Currently, UNAC has over 500 families with children and youth with Cerebral palsy. Over 80% of them require support financially or materially to enable them establish Income Generating Activities.

Establishing IGAs will go a long way to improve the incomes of the families, their capacity to meet the needs of people with CP and ultimately contributing to their independent living.

This program will focus on improving livelihood of people with Cerebral Palsy through empowerment in terms of skills and competencies in managing viable income generation activities as well as empowering households with children and youth with cerebral palsy to be able to meet their basic needs.

Objectives

  1. To provide seed capital to families of people with cerebral palsy to start IGAs.
  2. To increase knowledge and skills of people with Cerebral palsy and their caretakers in the management of IGAs.

Indicators

  1. Number of families supported with IGAs
  2. Number of people with cerebral palsy and care takers equipped with skills to start and manage businesses.
  3. Number of families with capacity to meet basic needs.

Proposed interventions

  1. Assessment of families for people with cerebral palsy to establish viable income generating projects for them
  2. Training of selected beneficiaries in starting and management of business enterprises
  3. Training in enterprise selection and identification of income generating activities.
  4. Apprenticeship placements for youth with cerebral palsy who are out of school to local artisans.
  5. Provision of seed capital to establish viable business ventures
  6. Continuous monitoring and supervision.

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