Donors in America give generously to Sisters of Hope International so that our sisters in Uganda can experience life-changing skills that empower them to become financially independent. We meet monthly to learn more about the effects of poverty, contaminated water and illiteracy on our Ugandan sisters and to pray for their needs.
Our heart is to see the women of Uganda find a personal and saving relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, find healing for themselves and their families from abuses of the past, find sustainable and rewarding income producing opportunities, and then to see them reach out and impact their extended family and community in the same way.
We are working to create a sustainable long-term organization with successful programs which empower women without making them dependent on Sisters of Hope International (SOHI). We hope to engage in community capacity building to strengthen the skills, competencies, and abilities of Ugandan girls and women and their communities so they can overcome the causes of their exclusion and suffering.
We currently operate in two locations in Uganda, Africa; Kampala and Masaka.
NOTE: Our ministry is to women, defined by SOHI as any female age 18 and up.
What We Do
Basic Business Training (BBT)
Currently, we provide the women with basic business training, which does not require them to be fully literate, but does require them to develop a business plan, including a marketing plan, along with financial tools. With the ongoing help of a business mentor to apply the business principles, the women are able to start a business or increase the potential of their current business, mostly small kiosk-types (fruits or vegetables, charcoal, dried fish).
Village Bank (VB)
If they complete the business training, we then train them in Village Banking and help them with the start-up costs of launching their own Village Bank. This enables the women to save for the first time in their lives and to take out loans for business purposes only. We have found this to be more effective than providing microloans. Village bank members learn how to keep accurate accounts, just like a real bank. They learn how to keep their bank growing and active, how to handle money safely, and how to avoid corruption.
Different types of training is on-going at all three of our locations. We offer: sewing/tailoring instruction; baking or catering classes; sweater-making classes; jewelry-making classes; hairdressing and weaving classes. We are constantly looking for ideas for training that will help our women produce sustainable income for the support of their families.
In Uganda, English is the official national language for government, business, and education. Uganda is a multilingual country with over 42 indigenous languages.
Many of these women have had their educations interrupted by war, child marriage, or poverty, among other reasons. Because schools are not free, many girls are denied an education beyond 3rd or 4th grade. The ESL classes have turned out to be one of the most appreciated services SOHI provides.