Digital Empowerment for Refugee Women-led Businesses Project Launched in Bukere

On May 29th, 2024, marks a significant milestone in the journey towards digital inclusion and empowerment for refugee women entrepreneurs in the Kyaka II Refugee Settlement. Let’s Help International (LHI) proudly launched the “Digital Empowerment for Refugee Women-led Businesses” project. Funded by UNHCR , LHI was Chosen by UNHCR Innovation Services for Digital Empowerment Project in Kyaka II. This initiative aims at bridging the digital gender divide and fostering economic growth among refugee women.

The launch event, attended by representatives from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Refugee Welfare council III, KRLON-Kyaka II Refugee-led Organizations Network and different Refugee-led Organizations-RLOs showcased the collaborative efforts and dedication towards enhancing the digital capabilities of 90 refugee women entrepreneurs.

Project Overview

The “Digital Empowerment for Refugee Women-led Businesses” project is designed to address the critical challenges faced by refugee women-led businesses, including limited market access and a lack of essential ICT skills. By providing comprehensive digital skills training, mentorship, and resources, the project aims to equip these women with the tools necessary for sustainable economic empowerment and business growth.

Project Design and Objectives

Refugee women played an integral role in shaping the project’s objectives and activities. Through focus group discussions, interviews, and community consultations, their insights and feedback were incorporated to ensure the project meets their specific needs and aspirations.

The primary objectives of the project are:

  1. Equip Women with Digital Skills: Training will cover essential digital skills, including online safety, effective communication (using messaging platforms and emails), social media for advertising and visibility, reporting, grant writing, and virtual meeting participation.
  2. Increase Market Visibility: Enhance the online presence and market reach of refugee women-led businesses through improved digital skills.
  3. Empowerment and Confidence: Build confidence in digital abilities, fostering a sense of empowerment among participants.
  4. Multiplier Effect: Implement a “Train-the-Trainer” model, enabling trained women to disseminate their knowledge within their organizations and communities.

Implementation and Activities

The project is set to be implemented from June to August 2024 in the Kyaka II Refugee Settlement, Kyegegwa District. Key activities include:

  • Establishing a computer training center with 10 computers.
  • Providing digital skills training to 90 refugee women.
  • Creating video courses for continued learning.
  • Organizing a virtual conference to showcase the skills acquired.
  • Offering daily transport refunds and childcare services to support participating women.

Impact and Sustainability

In the short term, the project aims to improve the digital skills and market visibility of refugee women-led businesses, boosting their confidence and economic opportunities. The long-term impact includes sustainable digital skills, economic empowerment, and increased community resilience. The “Train-the-Trainer” approach ensures that the benefits of the project extend beyond the initial participants, creating a lasting impact within the community.

A Thrilling Journey Ahead

We are thrilled to embark on this transformative journey and look forward to the positive changes this project will bring to the lives of refugee women entrepreneurs in Kyaka II Refugee Settlement. By empowering these women with digital skills, we are not only enhancing their economic prospects but also contributing to a more inclusive and equitable digital future.