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Introducing myself and my journal: Out-of-school girl Voice

About Me:
My name is Noah Ssempijja, I am the co-founder of Youth Initiative for Community Empowerment (YICE) in Uganda, and the Program Director. I have worked as a Community Facilitator for four years, with Child Fund International as a GBV facilitator, Grameen Foundation as a CKW Lead Facilitator and The Uganda Counselling Center as an HIv/AIDs Counselor trainer. For all these years, my focus has always been looking at how vulnerable women are oppressed in our comminties and what could be done to reduce this marginalization.

While with Grameen, I got chance to travel to more than 50 districts in Uganda, working with in rural communities and interacting with vulnerable women. One thing that I identified has largely contributed to vulnerability of these women, was limited access to knowledge and start up capital to run their small income generating enterprises. For example, I interacted with so many women that had started small retail shops, but because they lacked information on how to manage these small enterprises, had no records for their enterprises, did not have customer care skills, would spend their capital on things they would otherwise not need; all there retail shops could not raise enough income for self sustenance. And as a result, they depended on their husbands income, remained in absolute poverty, helpless, all of which rendered them vulnerable and marginalized in their communities. This is also the case with youths especially young girls that have just dropped out of schools.

This motivated me to start YICE, with a mission of Empowering Vulnerable women and youths with practical knowledge and skills for self reliance. YICE achieves this through interactive trainings in farming as a business, small retail enterprises management, and small women focus group discussions, in addition to providing start-up capital to women that have developed clear small enterprise plans.

I am personally happy to join World Pulse, and I believe I will learn a lot from this community of women activists and supporters.

My Passions:
Working with Women, girls, and Youths

My Challenges:
Wanting to learn and try new things

My Vision for the Future:
Establishing a holistic women and young girls advocacy and training Center

My Areas of Expertise:
Community Facilitation using PRA tools, Project Management, Proposal writing,

Comments

Paulina Lawsin's picture

Great to hear about your work

Great to hear about your work for women economic empowerment. You will surely learn a lot from this community as everyone is involved and lends her voice to empower women.

My work revolves around capacitating local government to create the enabling environment for women economic empowerment through their policies, plans and budgets. We can exchange notes.

Good luck and I wish to see your vision come true.

snoah2008's picture

Thank you!

Hi Paulina,
Thanks for your comment!

I am also interested in knowing how best I can involve local government leaders to create an enabling environment for women. We have limited support from local leaders when it comes to women empowerment.

Noah Ssempijja
YICE Program Director
Skype: nsempijja1
snoah2008@gmail.com
+256774582242

jacollura's picture

Hello and welcome!

Hi Noah! I'm so happy to see you here! Visit the FAQ and Getting Started sections of the site, if you have questions. I look forward to learning more about YICE!
Best wishes,
Julie

snoah2008's picture

Hello!

Thanks for the warm welcome!! I will be reaching out to you with any questions!

Thanks

Noah Ssempijja
YICE Program Director
Skype: nsempijja1
snoah2008@gmail.com
+256774582242

Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Peace!
Fatima

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