Our story starts back in 2013 when our founder Nathan Okiror, during his undergraduate research study witnessed firsthand the depressing conditions and stigma girls within the rural communities in Uganda went through during their menstrual circles. These girls lacked sanitary supplies to help themselves, they missed school during that specific time of the month beyond this, these girls also experienced high levels of stigma. To change this Nathan, teamed up with our other two co-founders, Fiona and James, and launched a human-centric and community-based menstrual management project that involved boys and men as catalysts of change, this saw an enormous impact on the state of girl child school attendance, the community response to the girls’ menstrual health and the involvement of men and boys in accelerating girls and women’s reproductive health.
In spite of the change that had been created one outstanding phenomenon stood out in the communities the project had been deployed, there was rampant women and girls economic dependence on men for their survival as attributed to factors such as; poverty, the education-employment gap, limited access business financing and access to other essential resources and yet women and girls wanted to be architects of their own empowerment and change, this is the background that led the organization to pivot in 2016 towards economic empowerment. Our work today is centered on promoting women’s socio-economic independence in Uganda, preventing vulnerability and exploitation via a human-centric model that delivers practical tools in social entrepreneurship training to tackle firsthand community problems within the themes of food security, climate change, and health while providing mentorship and lean startup financing. This not only provides vulnerable women and girls with skills in business development and ownership, social leadership, but sustainable income and an opportunity to tackle the problems of today and those of tomorrow.