Beneficiaries under this project are inducted through a 5 month course in tailoring skills. During this training, beneficiaries learn and develop skills in making shirts, trousers, skirts, school uniforms,Sweaters, African traditional wear such as: Kanzu, Gomesi, and Kitenge.
At the end of the skills empowerment training, the beneficiaries usually have two options:
• finding employment in an established tailoring business
• signing up to receive a sewing machine, on loan from SCSP, to begin self-employment. The beneficiaries under this arrangement are expected to repay a small cost every month towards the purchase of the sewing machines over the period of the next 12 months from the time that they begin to engage the machine that they have received on loan, commercially.
Typical Project Costs
A project benefiting 10 members costs a total of UGX 4,000,000 (approx £1,400). Breakdown:
5 month training course for 10 members - £650
1 sewing machine with treadle base for 1 individual - £70
Investment costs for training activity - £50
CANDLE MAKING PROJECT
Initially, the single parents are taken through a candle-making training process in a 10-day workshop. They are taught to maximise the use of materials that can be readily obtained on the local market.
During the training, parents of children with disabilities are also shown how to make various designs of candles; from the simple ones used for basic lighting in homes, to the more elaborate ones that also serve a decorative purpose in churches and for special occasions. In addition to these, the beneficiaries are also given skills to make candles that give off a mosquito-repellent scent, when they are burned.
At the end of the training, the beneficiaries are then supported with capital to carry on with the candle-making as an economic activity over an initial 3-month period. By the end of the first 3 months, the beneficiaries are expected to be able to sustain their own project out of the project proceeds, without need for further capital from SCSP.
Typical Project Costs
For a project benefiting 20 members in one group costs up to UGX 3,500,000 (approx £1,230)
- Set-up costs for 20 people - £1,230
- Set-up costs for 1 person - £60
ARTS AND CRAFTS PROJECT
We aim to empower beneficiary poor and disability affected parents to provide an additional and reliable income for their households through the proceeds realised from their projects; to enable them meet the costs of basic needs such as: household utilities, food, fuel for lighting, clothing, and costs of their children’s schooling such as uniforms, books and exam fees.
Beneficiaries meet once a week and taken through other craft-making training course sessions, in which they are shown how to make artistic use of locally available materials in their environment. SCSP also opened a craft shop along Buganda road to find market for the variety of crafts made by women and children
They develop crafts for commercial purposes, including
• Tye & dye patterned cloth
• Woven materials - wall hangings, door rugs and ornaments
• Cards etc
The parents of children with disabilities are also supported to transform their individual micro-projects into a functional group business to access loans and save through the VILLAGE SAVING AND LOANS ASSOCIATION (VSLA) GROUP. SCSP loans them a start-up boost capital.
After a period between 3- 6 months, the project is usually in self-sustaining state, and then another group formed. A project benefiting 20 members costs up to UGX 2,500,000 (approx £900).