Soroti Womens Co-operative Union Limited (SOWCUL) trains and oversees Village Savings and Loans associations in Teso. These schemes encourage members of local communities to form a group that saves into one ‘pot’ of money. From that ‘pot’ they are then able to borrow funds to help them set up ‘income-generating’ activities, such as small businesses, or other needs. TDT has been supporting these groups for a number of years, and has seen some great success.
Egweu’s life had become very hard for him in a Teso Town. He could not afford rent and food. Before joining Moruapesur VSLA he was thinking of going back to his village to become a peasant farmer. He used his savings to open up this stall in Moruapesur market. He now sleeps in his stalls and has portioned the front is where he sells from. Egweu hopes to increase his stock as well as to buy a plot to build his shop in the near future.
Hellen Amucu used her VSLA Savings to buy 2 acres of land in her village. She is now an empowered woman because she owns land, which is usually owned by men. According to Iteso culture women do not own land because they are expected to get married. She sits with her head high because she is equal to a man