Gender minister Amongi launches GROW project for women in Lira City

(Last Updated On: 22 December 2023)

Lira I Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Betty Amongi has launched the Generating Growth Opportunities and Productivity for Women Enterprises (GROW) project for women entrepreneurs in Lira City.

While addressing the public at Mayor Gardens in Lira City on Wednesday, minister Amongi said money for the GROW project is a grant from the World Bank.

The five-year project, she said, seeks to enable women-led enterprises to grow and transition to the next level.

The project aims to assist women with capital, the Gender minister added.

Also, the Oyam South MP, Amongi advises women to embrace the Parish Development Model, and Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Program, among others to boost their businesses.

Meanwhile, Linda Angess Auma, the Lira district Woman Members of Parliament, encourages women under the GROW project to streamline their businesses, saying women are challenging men in running businesses across the country.

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MP Auma also appeals to other private sector players to value women who are in enterprises, beseeching the stakeholders to stand with women by supporting them in time.

Amolatar district Woman MP, Dr Angess Atim Apea who accompanied the Gender minister during the launch, urged women to play their role in implementing the project by forming a business group that may support them.

Over 60,000 women enterprises are to benefit from the project countrywide, according to Alex Asimwe, commissioner of Labor and Industrial Relations and Productivity in the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development.

The project, he adds, will also benefit 3,000 refugee-owned businesses and to this, 280,000 are women entrepreneurs and employees including 42,000 refugees. 

Asimwe tells women to concentrate more on this opportunity that has been offered to them.

The national GROW projects are worth shs805b – equivalent to – or – approximately US$217m.

By Arao Denis

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