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Everyone has dreams, but not everyone has the opportunities to realise them.

Parents have the desire to look after and provide for their children, but many do not have the means by which to do this. We believe that every individual, especially those who are the most vulnerable, should have the opportunity to be able to earn an income and work to improve their own situation in life. We provide training and education to enable people to increase and diversify their incomes. This is to make sure that households are more resilient to economic and environmental shocks. Studies have shown that women are ‘change’ agents as they tend to spend a greater percentage of their income on their household’s welfare than men do. Focusing on empowering women therefore has a multiplying impact on families and the wider communities in which they live. In addition to these approaches, we look to enable market access for business owners through facilitating the set up of cooperatives. In Uganda, this ensures that farmers are growing quality produce, bulk selling and receiving fair prices at market.

 

Did you know...
  • Women are often the most vulnerable and poorest in society. Vocational training can significantly impact women’s empowerment by generating additional income
  • Dreams are universal, but opportunity is not
  • Roughly half the world’s population still lives on less than £1.50 a day and in many places, having a job does not guarantee the ability to escape poverty
  • When one person is trained and equipped to start their own business, they are not only then able to provide for their family, send their kids to school, and start to save some of their income – they may even go on to employ people! The positive impact multiplies

What do we do?

  • Training
    Training

    We give vocational training to develop alternative income streams and train entrepreneurs in business management

  • Partnership
    Partnership

    We facilitate responsible peer lending and microfinance and form and strengthen enterprise and savings groups

  • Selling Produce
    Selling Produce

    We encourage and facilitate market access for small-scale business owners, market systems development with pro-poor business growth and the formation of cooperatives.

Read some of the latest stories below to find out more.

Where We Work

Signpost is currently working within disadvantaged communities, working in partnership to bring about community-driven change.

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  • 4th July 2018

    #CoffeeThatCares

    #CoffeeThatCares Henry’s Coffee House in Dundee is partnering with us to help farmer’s send their children to school in Uganda. Buy a flavoured latte this month in the month of September in one of their coffee shops, and Henry’s will donate 20p to support Ugandan farmers. We will be able…

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  • 29th May 2018

    Back from East Africa!

    Jamie and Michael just got back from a project monitoring trip in Uganda, but that’s not all they were doing. Part of their trip took them to Tanzania where they were working with the Vine Trust to plan new water projects on Lake Victoria. Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake, approximately…

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  • 17th April 2018

    Jacob’s Success

    “We could suddenly see the potential and if we worked together, we knew it was possible,” reflects Jacob. Jacob is one of the Community Agricultural Trainers (CATs) in Amuria in Uganda, working within his farmer group to help households improve their food security by using better farming methods. Signpost started…

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