Sparked Women: At Risk Girls Use Local Skills To Transform Their Lives In 1 Day

Sawa World (Uganda) encourages marginalized youth that live in extreme poverty to learn and start a business in one day by using locally-created solutions (skills) and resources. The youth gain income from their micro-enterprises and instantly transform their livelihoods. Sawa World uses a highly cost-effective approach to economically empower such vulnerable girls and at-risk adolescent women which is scientifically proven to increase self-esteem and reduce HIV risk-taking behaviour, reducing new HIV infections and improving sexual and reproductive health among AGYW. Over the last 15 months, Sawa World provided training sessions in self-employment skills to 11,595 AGYW in Central Uganda as part of the Sparked Women Project.

From January 2017, 32% of the trained girls of the Sparked Women Project started 3,368 micro-enterprises.This has grown the average income of the AGYW by 18.97 USD per month (85% had no income), grown their self-esteem by 1.85 on a scale of 10 and increased the use on condoms by 10%. By September 2018, the project will train 15,500 AGYW and encourage them to start at least 7,000 businesses. Sawa World aims to impact 1 billion similar at-risk girls and other youth by 2030.

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Credits

  • The video was produced by Sawa World Youth Reporters in Uganda.
  • Director: Nathan Binomugisha
  • Narration: Sheila Ampumuza and Brenda Awori
  • Editor: Nathan Binomugisha
  • Special thank you: Aidsfonds
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