Grow, Nourish, Sustain. Together.

A group of animators at Iganga Epicenter in Uganda prepare for a moringa demonstration (Rebke Klokke 2017)
  • Freeing Women’s Time: Epicenter communities construct a “one stop” campus that gives women access to health care, child-care, micro-finance, agricultural training, drudgery-reducing food processing machinery and a food back all in one location — dramatically reducing time poverty.
  • Equal Leadership: All the committees and sector-specific subcommittees of the epicenter have equal leadership by women and men. Many women who’ve developed leadership skills in the epicenter strategy go on to run for elected office in local government.
  • Individual and Collective Voice: Epicenters address both gender equality and women’s empowerment. It’s WEP (Women’s Empowerment Program) develops a cohort of WEP Animators who have received in-depth gender training and a passion for transforming entrenched norms and behaviors that hold women back.
  • Resources: By being well organized at the sub-district level, epicenters are able to more effectively negotiate for a fair share of public resources, which often do not reach rural areas.
  • Incomes: Each epicenter has a rural bank that is run by women. Increasingly, epicenters are also establishing VSLs — Village Savings and Loans. Epicenters provide agricultural and vocational training which — unlike most projects — successfully serve more women than men.



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