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ISESCO-UNATCOM impart rural Uganda women with skills in the Cottage Industry

Tuesday, 3rd October 2017

The Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization in partnership with the Uganda National Commission for UNESCO have empowered rural women in Uganda in the cottage industry through skills training.

The training was carried out by Telesat International Cottage Industrial Development Institute which is an entrepreneurial organization. The lead consultant, Maalik Fahd Kayondo guided the participants on how to succeed in the cottage industry in terms of production, marketing among others.

"When you have these hands-on skills, you will be addressing hunger, but also eliminating poverty. You can have a healthy family because you are empowered. You can take your children to a dependable clinic.You can take them to school." noted Ms Rosie Agoi, Secretary General UNATCOM.

Ms Rosie recognized that the participants in question were among the 30 women that were economically and socially empowered in celebrating the establishment of Kampala as a Capital City of Islamic culture in Africa in 2017.

She indicated that the training is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of eliminating poverty, fighting hunger,empowering women and addressing gender disparity among others.

The ISESCO expert at the Directorate of Science and Technology, Dr Aicha Barmmoun noted that the women resource has not been given due consideration. She urged the participants to utilize the network,emphasizing that women are marginalized specifically in the field of Science and Technology.

"Gross under-representation and misrepresentation has hindered full participation of women. ISESCO recognizes women's rights as human rights; hence the establishment of Woman-size shares in different regions of the World." said Dr. Aicha.

Among the various skills that the women were exposed to included soap making, that is, liquid soap, bar soap and hand gel; and confectionaries as well as intangible knowledge such as marketing, branding among others.

Addressing the participants, the Programme Officer Social and Human Sciences Dr Dominic Lali Mundrugo-Ogo noted that the workshop provided a platform for skills development and synergies. He encouraged them to take advantage of the opportunity to create working linkages that will yield bigger results and establish them within the market place.

The three-day workshop brought together a generation of initially incapacitated women eager to start an entrepreneurial journey that they perceived will not only provide a leeway of survival for their families, but also contribute to the growth of their communities and the country at large.

"I sell firewood and I have a fish pond, but the income is very little. I have eight children. I hope to start my own business to support my family," said Ms Namata Jihan, a participant from Kalungu district.

Ms Jean Ngobi, from Mpigi district noted "these small cottages skills make people survive. I want to do bar soap. I want to teach others."

The workshop that took place at Arch Apartments, Ntinda in Kampala attracted participants from various parts of the country. The districts that featured included Wakiso, Kitgum, Isingiro, Lira, Lwengo, Kampala, Mukono, Kalungu and Soroti.

The Vice Chancellor Kampala International University, who doubles as Uganda's representative to the ISESCO, Dr Mouhamad Mpezamihigo advised the participants to use the opportunity to also network and share their contacts for communication and sharing ideas after the workshop.

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