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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.  

Why do we do it?

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.

 

What do we do?

  • We form and strengthen enterprise and savings groups
  • We give vocational training to develop alternative income streams
  • We train entrepreneurs in business management
  • We facilitate responsible peer lending and microfinance
  • We encourage and facilitate cooperative formation
  • We facilitate market access for small-scale business owners and market systems development with pro-poor business growth.

 

Where We Work

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

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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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  • 6th April 2018

    Blue Water Tea Party Success!

    I’ll set the scene for you, nearly two hundred guests arrived in their blue outfits, ready to enjoy their afternoon in the ballroom of the Invercarse Hotel. Caitlin Finnan, blessed our ears with her beautiful cello playing as guests sipped their prosecco and explored the very large display of raffle…

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  • 18th March 2018

    Justine’s Garden – Potential Realised

    “Yii, I didn’t know much about farming back then!” laughs Justine shaking her head in disbelief. The Uganda mother of seven is describing the time before Signpost and Ugandan partner VAD (Voluntary Action for Development) began working in her community of Muguluka. “We used to grow tomatoes, egg plants, bananas,…

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