By Kirsten Miner, WMI Resource Fellow
WMI proudly supports the operations of eight loan hubs within Uganda, as well as two each in Kenya and Tanzania. Buyobo Women’s Association staff were lucky enough to visit many of our Uganda hubs in November and December of 2016 and we very much enjoyed engaging with our colleagues in different parts of the country.
You can see from the map that the hubs are located far and wide across Uganda, a country of over 90,000 square miles and widely varying environments. Our first visit took our group to Northern Uganda to visit our hubs in Gulu and Atiak, areas that were heavily affected by conflict in the 90s and 2000s. The WMI hub in Gulu, Karin Community Center, and in Atiak, Blessed Women’s Association, have both been up and running since 2011. Our team met with their Head Administrators, Local Coordinators and many borrowers to discuss the loan program and inspect their large pavilion, which was built in collaboration with WMI.
The following visit took our team to Bududa, a neighboring district to Sironko where Buyobo is located. Three WMI hubs operate out of Bududa District: Matuwa Microfinance Women’s Group, Bududa Women’s Development Group and Wesswa Women Development Group. Bududa is an unusually beautiful district nestled inside Mt. Elgon National Park with stunning mountain views, providing an especially scenic hour-long drive. Our hosts from Wesswa Women Development Group even gifted our team with a chicken to take home with us!
Finally, we were able to meet with the teams from Buseesa Community Development Center and E. Lushaya Women’s Groups, located in Kibaale and Kabale Districts respectively. The teams at both of these locations are incredibly enthusiastic and we were delighted with the results of their loan programs.
Happy New Year from BWA! We are excited to continue our country-wide partnerships into 2017 and beyond.