Income Generating Activities (IGA) at Child of Hope – run by Martin Hayter – improves the lives of our pupils by supporting their mothers/guardians with a business start-up. The IGA department is part of our Family Support team.

Funding and support like this enables the women to provide for their families – and also raises the status of women, who traditionally lack financial independence and therefore a voice in family decision-making. And it's sustainable. They are provided wih free basic business and financial training and then given a one-off grant to start their business... then encouraged to attend weekly support sessions with Martin and the team to ensure the business prospers. As an incentive to keep the business going, they are encouraged to join the Child of Hope savings scheme which helps them to manage any crises they may face and also to start thinking about a better future.

The parents we are currently working with - 202 parents (virtually all mums) - mainly come from Namatala slum situated on the outskirts of Mbale town, many of whom are internally displaced (IDPs) and have for decades lived on handouts and begging for food on the streets. We are empowering these women to start businesses ranging from selling charcoal and broken rice to running local-style restaurants and produce stalls at the local market... and their lives – and the lives of their children – are changing for the better. It just takes £25 to make a difference in the lives of the households in this remote slum.

To read facts and figures of the social impact of our IGA work... click here

And click here to help change a young woman's life by giving an incentive grant of £25 or more.

And to regularly support our Family Support team for £10 per month, please click here