A24. Small-scale businesses in urban vulnerable settlements in Uganda

Our Partner Creative Arts 256 expresses to everyone involved.
We thank you for the wonderful work you do in supporting us and building our county Uganda.”

 Supporting single mothers and adolescent girls living in the slum.

Our Target partners

The beneficiaries are largely women who are single mothers who need to earn more income and look after their families.

In addition, the programme provides funds to train girl youths with vocational skills that can help provide them with incomes and desist/prevent them from engaging in prostitution and drug abuse.


Empowerment, boost small scale business, fight poverty.
Target group: Single parents  and adolescent  girls who have dropped out from school.

Our Programme management parnters

We run this programme together with Ubuntu Art House and Creative Arts 256 and Chusa Foundation in Uganda.

Implementing organization: Creative Arts 256 & Chusa foundation.
CREATIVE ARTS 256, Kisenyi II Kamwokya, Kampala Uganda. +256701175760/ +256782335858.
Creativearts uganda@gmail.com

  • Creative Arts 256 are organizing financial literacy workshops, seminars, open discussions, talk shows, training of trainers, research on issues that affect the single mothers and adolescent girls, counselling and guidance.
    Creative Arts 256 addresses: financial knowledge, saving culture, small business management, advocate for Child-to-Parent communication within families to avoid early pregnancies and school dropout, equip the young girls with credible information and tools that will help them lead successful lives.
  • Creative Arts 256 offers links to HIV prevention, treatment and care service providers.

 The context

This programme takes place within Kamwokya and Kyebando. Kamwokya and Kyebando are slum areas within Kampala the capita of Uganda and are faced by many challenges. Kamwokya and Kyebando are densely populated and have an estimated population of 40.000 people. The majority of its inhabitants are children and youth and most of the families in these areas are poor and illiterate.

Most men in slums have dropped their responsibilities to look after their families, because of the tough economic situation, lack of employment, and rural urban migration. We face family drop out, domestic violence, early sex marriage and polygamy which leads to single mothers. Many children do not get a chance to go to school. And for those that are lucky to go to school many drop out. Although these issues make life challenging and affect all, it is worse with the adolescent girls as so many of them resort to prostitution, which in addition leads to unwanted pregnancies, acquisition of HIV/AIDS and eventually death.


Outreach activities to single mothers and adolescent girls and formation of groups


This programme targets those who already have a skill and business experience, single mothers and adolescent girls.

1. Groups comprising single mothers and adolescent girls aged 16-35 years have been established and have attended workshops. Group leaders have been trained.

2. Group members meet on a monthly basis to receive peer-to-peer education through interactive discussions. The trained leaders attend their meetings to backstop them and generate project reports with recommendation that will inform future actions.

small business owners in Kamwokya and Kyebando


Outcome challenges with running a business

The challenges associated with running business in our area is the high cost of materials and high cost of renting an office or a venue.



The programme was set up to provide additional capital funds to small business owners in Kamwokya and Kyebando.

The capital fund is lent to the businesses with a 10% interest in a specified period. Businesses that return all money and interest can request an increase in capital borrowed. This is done until the business is able to self sustain and consistently earn the required income.

Chusa School of beauty

July 2020

We are proud to inform you that a new school (Chusa School of beauty) has been opened to enable you to learn and lap into the opportunities of income generation.
Chusa school of beauty targets girls especially between the age of ten years and twenty-five.

At Chusa School of beauty we guarantee for you to learn salon management and all its activities i.e.;

  • Plaiting
  • Braiding
  • Weaving
  • Styling
  • Makeup

Alongside extra activities like:

  • Games and sports
  • Saving
  • Opening of small joint business

Applications shall be made to office and admission plus two passport photos. The student is required to pay a registration fee of 10000/-.

All students shall be required to come with full school equipment.

  • 4 combs
  • Pair of scissors
  • Threads
  • Towels
  • Gloves
  • Face mask
  • Pin

The school term shall last for a period of 24 weeks 6 months were all students go through what is set for them and thereafter graduate upon completion.
Morning classes start at 8 am-1 pm and afternoon sessions start at 2 pm -5 pm weekdays.


  • All students must respect school authority and all persons in whom the headteacher may from time to time be vested.
  • All students are expected to respect each other and to cultivate self-respect and self-discipline.
  • No alcohol, intoxicants shall be accepted at the study area and if anyone is found to possess or use and abuse them or act under their influence shall be addressed. If we discovered  abuse of drugs we shall first take her for counseling. If this does not help we may have to send her away.
  • Damage or loss of school property will be paid by the person concerned.
  • Students must keep their property safe; the school takes no responsibility what so ever for the loss of a student’s belonging
  • Theft is strictly prohibited and if realized shall be handled accordingly
  • All students shall participate physically in keeping the premises clean in accordance with specified schedules; this will include compound, study area, and toilets
  • The use of abusive language is strictly forbidden.
  • All students shall be responsible for their own aprons and must keep them clean.
  • Keep silence during study time in order not to disturb the comfort and peace of others.

The school shall provide:

  • Aprons
  • Sinks
  • Basins
  • Buckets
  • Dryers


School fees

All students shall pay a sum of 150000/-.
This money is all to be paid strictly to the office where students shall get receipts upon confirmation of payment.



Chusa School of beauty encourages its students to save by cultivating a regular saving culture and the total saving of each student shall be given to them at graduation.



Graduation ceremony shall be held by Chusa School of beauty after 24 weeks and all students shall receive certificates in their respective courses and savings accumulated during the time of the study.


We wish our students a happy stay at Chusa School of Beauty.


Status report May 2020

25 May 2020, meeting notes compiled by Bernard OMONY and Moses MURUNGI.
COVID-19 adds challenges to our partners.

  • The members of our team in Uganda had a consensus that COVID-19 caught everyone un-aware and as a result crippled most of the businesses in the program.
  • Businesses/enterprises are stuck due to reduced numbers of customers and working hours. As a result, a number of members have not been able to pay back what is owed.
  • The members have agreed that some businesses will not be able to operate as profitably as they have been before. As a result, members have suggested that it is wise to think of shifting business lines/types to be able to be competitive and keep the programme running. However the challenge to this is that starting a new business without any experience in that business is in itself worrying. Group leaders will visit individual members to assess their opinions on the new business idea. In the same vain, the group leaders will visit members before 2nd June 2020 for the way forward.
  • The members also suggested that it’s the responsibility of the group leaders to meet the members to find out the individual challenges and find solutions to the challenges.
  • The meeting agreed that members should start planning now about the kind of businesses and ventures that would be profitable for them in this new COVID-19 era. People should not wait.
  • Members suggested that the period for payment should be adjusted to more than one month. However, others suggested that its better and easier to pay in small instalments in shorter periods. There was nothing conclusive on this.
  • The suggestion of introducing new members in the program was rejected. It was agreed that it is better to first stablize the current program before we can invite a new cohort.
  • Members also agreed that the program can open up a mobile money account to ease the collection of monies from members. Members can deposit the money they get anytime without having to wait for demands. Members also agreed that the running costs should be beared by the program not the members.

Status report june 2020

REPORT by Creative arts 256, 6 June 2020, Edward BUTIMBA

The  first  meeting  was held on  15/2/2020 basically  it was  about introduction of members  to the  project, implementing  organization, the  supporting  organization, the  objectives  of the project. We out lined the requirements for one to be a member and also were told that this fund is not from government or any political contestant. We requested to visit their existing home businesses, ask for money they will be able to return back, use money for what they asked it for and to make groups and elect leaders

On 22/2/2020 we organized a business management workshop that was headed by Mr. MUSTAFA, after the workshop we also grouped parents in groups of 5 by themselves chose their leader, this was followed by lunch and refreshments.

On 24/2/2020 at 11:00am we invited parents to creative arts office to receive their money to boost their home businesses, we managed to give 100000 to 18 members and 200000 to 2 members accordingly, we proposed this to be returned in 3 month with a 10% interest. Comment by HR&S: Total UGX 2 200 000, thus  € 525  (OANDA, June 2020). We communicated one week free for preparation from 25-29 than program start on 1st march2020, during March the program was running smoothly and 5000-10000 was being reported on the agreed day of collection. Unfortunately in the same month we were stormed by covid 19 which disorganized the project, this brought about lockdown so we put a hold  on the project till conditions  normalize ,although during the lockdown we managed to get  3  heroes  who completed and fulfilled their  promise and later we got one more  but all these took 100000.

On 18th 18/4/2020 we managed to move around to visit members though we were not allowed to move out and visit any one, we reached out 10 members to share how they are being affected by the situation, the challenges they were facing, how the fund has helped them despite the pandemic and to know if they were willing to continue with the project.

On 22/5/2020 we had a meeting at creative arts office joined by Mr. Moses plus 2 parents and shared about the way forward, covid challenges, when to give money again, who to give, what to do for those who failed to return completely ,who brought same, can we get new members or not, how to ease the collection. 

We are suggesting giving out funds again to our members on 13 june to restart the programme since all have been affected during the pandemic and it’s not going to end so soon, members have no money to return back because their businesses are so down to support their families and to run the program though it will not be declared as free will deliberately fail to fulfill their promises. Our heroes have already been given funds for the second time and their businesses are prospering.

Skilling programme: Our adolescent girl’s saloon is soon opening up and we have register 20 students to start with, also wishing to start fashion and design if we get more funds to buy tailoring machines.

How to start a food business

30 July 2020,
Report by Edward BUTIMBA

In relation to educating our adolescent girls, we hosted a kitchen station to train our girls on how to start a food business. This workshop shall eventually benefit 100 adolescent girls in Kamwokya. The girls have been divided into three groups, and each group is targeted with a separate workshop.  A cookery class shall start after the workshops.


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