Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association Limited (UWEAL) was established in 1987 over 30 years ago by four visionary women in business as a membership based organization incorporated during that time when the idea of women in business was considered a taboo in Uganda. They set out to change perception and set up in place platform to promote women in business Uganda and network with other women in business globally.
UWEAL has spearheaded the transformation of the landscape that gives women in business a voice to show case that women are as capable to start and run a businesses as much as men. The association is currently firmly placed in the private sector to assist and provide the necessary support and guidance to women in business and to advocate for favorable policies through which women entrepreneurs can flourish.
Vision: We envisage a wealthy woman responsibly contributing to national economic development.
Mission: To empower women entrepreneurs to create wealth through capacity building, networking and advocacy.
- To promote networking among women entrepreneurs
- To equip rural women to harness available business opportunities
- To develop institutional sustainability initiatives
- To build the secretariat’s capacity to provide member services
UWEAL’s mandate is focused on empowering women to create wealth through capacity building, networking and advocacy. The association’s membership consists of women entrepreneurs, aspiring business women and professional women from various sectors and is spread throughout Uganda including a program for young women who are interested in business under the Girls’ Entrepreneurship Program (GEP).
UWEAL has invested heavily in developing and strengthening the entrepreneurial capabilities of women in Uganda and providing a platform to create strategic local, regional and international business linkages, access business information, markets, resources and expertise in a bid to help them build competitive businesses. The association is also actively engaged in advocating for an enabling environment for women to do businesses, compete fair and thrive.
We also offer support to a range of comprehensive services that empower women to recover from business losses, political instability, sexual exploitation and domestic violence and help them rebuild their lives. We particularly recognize the vital importance of giving marginalized groups of women a chance to exercise their influence and have their voices heard.
We believe that investing in women is investing in our nation’s economy. UWEAL has made a lot of investments in creating opportunities for our members and women entrepreneurs across the country to access capacity building and networking opportunities as well as take part in our advocacy campaigns. We have offered training and business advisory services to over 15,000 women from Amur, Bugiri, Bushenyi, Fort Portal, Gulu, Hoima, Isingiro, Jinja, Kabale, Kampala, Kapchorwa, Kitgum, Koboko, Masaka, Mbale, Mbarara, Mpigi, Nwoya and Wakiso. We have built our member’s capacities in product development, entrepreneurship & business management and offer networking and mentorship opportunities throughout the year.
Additionally, UWEAL has categorized its membership into eight (8) broad sectors including: Professional Services, Food Processing &Agri-Business, Animal Husbandry, Agriculture, Textiles & Garments, Tourism, Furniture & Interior Design and Handcrafts &Ceramics. This has been done to help increase the networking among women working in the same sector to develop tailored solutions specific to their business and sector needs.