Empowering grassroots women groups to create, access and share information to accelerate development

Empowering grassroots women groups to create, access and share information to accelerate development

Organization type: 
for profit
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
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Women will be trained to use ICTs (computer, internet, web casting, camera, battery, and voice over IP) to create content for economic development. They will be networked so that they can share and discuss the application and impact of the content. During the web based sharing, demonstrations of different processes will be carried out by the women and professionals where necessar

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Gudie Leisure farm
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Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

Organization Name

Gudie Leisure farm

Organization Phone

256 77 2 460865

Organization Address

P.O Box 27450

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How long has this organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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Your idea
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What makes your idea unique?

The project will tap into the resources within the women to create and share knowledge, skills and competences for development in the local context. This content will be packaged for ease of dissemination. In addition academic and research knowledge and skills will be incorporated into the existing knowledge to spearhead innovation. Creating a platform for sharing will empower the women in terms of confidence building, marketing what they are capable of doing and will provide a learning environment for new ideas and improvements. An economic development content resource bank will be created that can be accessed by those interested in development.

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Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact

• An ICT infrastructure (computer, internet, battery, printer, camera and voice over IP) at village level accessible by women. Each women group trained will receive the above infrastructure.
• Each year at four hundred women groups (of at least 20 women) will be trained in innovating economic activities and use of ICT for documenting, reporting and sharing knowledge and skills regardless of the distance. In the first year this will ensure a representation at county level. In the second year there will be representation at parish level and by the fifth year there will be a representation at village level in most districts.
• A knowledge and skills documentation center at village level. The women will use the training skills and knowledge to produce content in their own context. The women will have a web presence of what they are involved with in economic development.
• A database of videos of woman demonstrations of economic projects in their contexts will be created
• Live interactive sessions of women on economic development options, processes and impact. At least once a month.
• It will stimulate innovation and new business ventures for economic development at village level.

Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing

- Promoting collaboration, networking and information sharing for economic innovations to facilitate development.
- Providing a platform and skills for documentation of women economic projects that does not exists yet
- Providing a platform for women to improve their knowledge through learning from fellow women, research and academic theory and practice.

Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. What might prevent that success?

- Mapping of women groups at village, parish, country and district level
- Training of women groups in innovations of their respective contextual economic activities
- Exposure of women groups to sound economic activities with a consideration of environmental conservation.
- Equipping women groups with ICT infrastructure at village level
- Women documenting their projects
- A database of women projects
- Online marketing of women products
- Schedule of interactive sessions
Lack of adequate funding will prevent the success of any of these steps.

Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible

Annual Result
1. Training of 8000 women (20 women from 400 groups) in innovative economic activities and use of ICT for documentation, sharing and learning of innovations
2. 400 ICT infrastructure stations at village level (computer, internet, battery, printer, camera and voice over IP equipment)
3. 400 sites of economic activity content development, sharing and discussion
4. At least 2000 (at least 5 from each of the four hundred groups) innovations for economic activity resulting increased productivity and income at group and household level
5. At least 2000 (at least 5 from each of the four hundred groups) videos or pod casts or PowerPoint presentations of innovations for economic activity in an online database
6. 52 weekly web casting of demonstrations of innovations (from women and professional experts)
7. Online market place for women economic products thus resulting in access to other markets
8. Monthly/Quarterly innovators news letter
9. Annual innovators handbook
10. Mentoring of at least 400 groups (at least two group for each trained group – one from the same village and the other a neighboring village) to benefit from innovations

How many people will your project serve annually?


What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Less than $50

Does your innovation seek to have an impact on public policy?


If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?

This innovation will be a showcase that can be emulated locally and also in other developing countries to enable grassroots people take a lead in addressing their economical challenges thus contributing to development of the economic base. It will also showcase how ICT can be used for development through facilitating networking.

What stage is your project in?

Operating for more than 5 years

Does your organization have a board of directors or an advisory board?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with NGOs?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with businesses?


Does your organization have a non monetary partnerships with government?


Please tell us more about how partnerships could be critical to the success of your innovation

- The farm is already in partnership with Universities that produce professionals in different economic expertise. Apart from facilitating through the web casts, they will facilitate the live training sessions, contribute research ideas for innovation. Where possible they will be attached to some of the women groups so as to put theory into practice in a real context.
- Partnership with government structures e.g. district agriculture, environmental, culture, education and health officers will be handy for identifying groups, mapping groups in each district, follow up of innovations and organizing showcasing opportunities at district level.

We would like to learn more about how your initiative is financially supported. Please explain your business plan/revenue model

It is hoped that the Gudie leisure farm will subsidize the funding of the activities because it already has the basic infrastructure. Funding costs for training and infrastructure are hoped to be obtained from donors and beneficiaries. Later some of the funding for the women innovations will be obtained form sale of their products.

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

In my responsibility as Rotarian and as the director for community service in my Rotary club, I have had an opportunity to move to so many communities in need. We have also implemented projects and I have seen the impact they make on the women and the members of their households. Women are in organized small groups that share ideas, coping strategies and support one another in times of joy and sadness. This project will enhance the already inherent collaboration and knowledge sharing that has helped many women innovate their ways. Being a director for the center for distance learning and scholar for distance learning, I have the expertise to instruct and moderate learning regardless of distance. I have seen how distance learning members have taken education to the people and I know how this can be done for the women groups.

Tell us about the person—the social innovator—behind this idea.

I Gudula Naiga Basaza has been a Rotarian for 13 years, director for community service, international service and initiated projects like the prevention of Mother to Child HIV transmission in Kayunga and the establishment of the Rotaract club of Uganda Martyrs University. I am executive member of the Forum for African women educationalists - a Pan African organization. I am a founder of the friend’s pension scheme (3 yrs old) – showcasing how to save, invest and plan for retirement and Uganda Martyrs University Women’s association. I am a secretary of Peacock Women’s Association limited. I have been a Fulbright Scholar at George Washington University, USA, I hold a PhD from the University of Ghent, Belgium (2006). At Uganda Martyrs University I have been a Director for the Center for Distance learning studies and coordinator of Quality Assurance. I am a good communicator, listener, leader, networker and a very good student. I read widely and innovation is my hobby. I have had the opportunity to move to so many parts of Uganda and the poverty at the grassroots has to be addressed by those who feel it most. Gudie leisure farm is committed to stimulate this through practical orientation, social mobilisation and mentoring.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Web Search (e.g., Google or Yahoo)

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Does your project address any of the following barriers to women’s technology access and use?

Women’s time poverty, Women’s lack of involvement in the technology development process.

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how.

When women come for training at the farm they are exposed to technologies that serve their time e.g. time for collecting firewood and fetching water. At the farm we use biogas for our lighting and cooking and also pump water from the stream within the farm. Women with animals can adopt the biogas system and those nearby stream can pump water with the cheapest manual pump thus save on time.

Does your project involve women in one or more of the following stages of the technology lifecycle? Identification of the problem the technology will solve:

If you checked any of the boxes above, please explain how you will ensure women’s involvement in each relevant phase of the technology lifecycle.

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If women are a focus of your project, how did this focus evolve?

The project focused on women from its conception..

Which type of women will your project reach directly?

Rural, Low income.

In what ways does your project team/leadership involve women?

It is led by a woman/women., It is led by a woman/women from a developing country., The core project team includes women., The core project team includes women from developing countries..

Has your organization formed any new partnerships in response to this challenge? If so, with what type/s of organization/s?


Has your project leadership had prior experience with the following?

Working with women, Working with technologies, Working to increase women's economic empowerment through technology, Working on innovation.