Support local women and children of Uganda, Africa with S.M.E. NGO

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Information about the organization

Sustain Micro Enterprise NGO is a non-profit organization empowering vulnerable women and families out of poverty in Uganda, Africa.
Mission
Our work aims at building a world where every woman is empowered and free from vulnerability and we achieve our purpose through the provision of collateral free microloans, business-and-vocational skills training, microenterprise development, mentorship and other empowerment projects.
 The organization enhances women’s capacities to start and grow viable micro-businesses that enable them to provide basic needs such as food, education, shelter and medical care for their children and families, and improve household incomes.
Our mission is to transform the lives of vulnerable women and their families through empowerment.
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Information about the place

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Our organization is located at the outskirts of Jinja tourist hub. Jinja is a town located in the Eastern part of Uganda where the Source of the Nile is found. The word Jinja in a local word which means a stone as in the old days there were many stones in the place so is the name of the place. Sustain Micro Enterprise is located near to the Source of the Nile and it is just a few kilometres away.
The place is evergreen with some rains throughout the year. It is flat land with a few hills, especially when going to the field to serve the vulnerable women and families as the majority are located in rural communities where we have to travel for some distance.
Uganda has only one international airport which is called Entebbe International Airport. So for every visitor coming through to Uganda, they have to use Entebbe Airport. From Entebbe International Airport it takes you around 3 hours to travel to Jinja where we are located.
Information about the volunteering activities
We have a wide range of activities that volunteers can engage into while volunteering with Sustain Micro Enterprise and these include;
  • 1 Provide business and entrepreneurship training to the vulnerable women.

A volunteer spends time helping women learn about business and entrepreneurship skills which enables them to start up small businesses.

  • 2 Small loans monitoring and disbursement:

Here the volunteers can get involved in managing small loans given to the women and monitoring them and this include follows up, recommending and giving out the loans.

  • 3 Provide vocational skills training:

Volunteers skilled in vocational fields can help women learn about a vocational skill such as sewing, hairdressing, knitting, weaving, farming, bakery among others

  • 4 One to One mentorship;

This involves a commitment to support women on a one to one basis, weekly visits to review their business records, encouraging and business counselling and advise.

  • 5 Fundraising and project proposal writing;

Volunteers interested in fundraising and project/grant proposal writing can engage in drafting concepts for grants.

  • 6 Teaching children English, math and games
  • 7 Women entrepreneurs outreach;

Reach out to women at their business premises. Provide business knowledge and skills sharing

  • 8 Social media and website management;

The volunteers get involved in managing the organization’s social media platforms and website

  • 9 Photography and filming;

Volunteers who love photography and filming can support the organization by taking good photos and documenting our story so that we able to share with the world.

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How many volunteers needed?
We are in need of 5 volunteers
How many hours are the volunteers expected to help?
Volunteers are expected to help out at least 6 hours per day. However, they could work less or more depending on the need and their flexibility
How many days of help per week?
Volunteers are expected to work 5 days per week. However, we are flexible with the days given the fact that volunteers have to do some other extra activities while in the country.
Are accommodation and food included?
We provide volunteers with food in the workplace. Other meals including Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch and Drinks all are provided by the host family including accommodation.
What are the volunteers’ benefits?
All volunteers of Sustain Micro Enterprise have the following benefits;
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Training
 volunteers get the opportunity to access training as they work with us. Training in the fields of microfinance, women empowerment models, small business and entrepreneurship, women livelihoods among others.
Certificate of volunteering
After completion of volunteering with us, a volunteer is entitled to be awarded a certificate
Recommendation Letter:
 A volunteer will also access a letter of recommendation from our organization
Cultural exchange
Volunteers get the opportunity to learn about our Ugandan culture through storytelling, get to read about Ugandan local books, they learn about local language and we encourage them to speak the language as we go to the community to serve the women and we sometimes visit local gathering such as cultural dance groups, traditional marriages.
What type of accommodation?
volunteering in UgandaOur volunteers stay with a host family. The host family provides accommodation, all meals and enable the volunteer to learn more about the Ugandan culture. The reason for the host family is because it is cheaper and the volunteer benefits more. As the volunteer stays with the host family, he/she becomes part of the family and can freely participate into the activities at the home.
The host families where our volunteers stay have been well vetted by our organization and have already hosted a volunteer and are now used to supporting volunteers.
In the host family, a full room is reserved for the volunteer.
In addition, the volunteer can access the internet while at the host family.
Food
The food eaten in Uganda includes Matooke (Banana), beef, beans, posho, greens, potatoes, chicken, rice and cassava. Breakfast consists of milk, bread, egg, fruit, coffee, Rolex and chapatti. Most of these are local dishes; however special meals can always be arranged on request.
If you are a vegetarian, we value your taste.
Special meals can be arranged to fit your preference and taste.
Extra activities during free time?
Uganda, the Pearl of Africa” is filled and endowed with a lot of interesting activities that you can participate in during your free time, Let us explore some of them below:
Visit the Source of the Nile.
During your free time, you will have an opportunity to visit the Source of the River Nile. The Nile River is the longest river in the world at 4,135 miles (6,650 kilometres). Our organization is located near the River, so it is a beautiful activity out.
White Water Rafting
 Whitewater rafting is an activity carried out on River Nile. During your free time, you can enjoy water rafting and the waterfalls.
Cultural dance:
Uganda is blessed with diverse cultures, while here you can have the time to participate in the different cultural dances and also attend some concerts where the dances are carried out.
Craft Shopping:
Jinja, the town where we are located has a lot of shops selling African crafts.
Free time can be spent on shopping and touring several shops and enjoys African culture through crafts.
Visit National Parks:
Uganda is blessed with numerous national parks with beautiful animals and birds. You get the opportunity to do bird watching, animals and reptiles.
Visit Sipi falls and Nyero Rock Painting
which were painted during the stone age
What are the volunteers’ costs?
Volunteers are required to pay a fee to help us cover the volunteers ‘costs.
The fee paid is used to cover the following costs:
Accommodation and all meals, Airport pickups, transportation, in-country expenses. 
It is charged weekly.

On average a week is 180 euro / 199 $ 

With your economic contribution, we will be able to support the local community affected by poverty and lack of resources.

Which language will be spoken?

English is the language which is spoken here
Is there internet access?
Yes, there is internet access at the Office. However, the volunteer can also have internet access while at his/her host family.
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2 thoughts on “Support local women and children of Uganda, Africa with S.M.E. NGO

  1. Hello! This is the Director Give Hope Uganda. GHU is a grassroots Community Based Organization registered with Kira Municipality in Wakiso District located in Bweyogerere Kirinya Bukasa Village. I would like to strengthen collaboration with your organization. This is why am writing to you since power is togetherness. I know we can work together to change communities. I will be delighted to hear from you. Kind Regards

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