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Brighter Brains Institute plans to launch Three “Women’s Empowerment Centres” with MicroLending

Posted: Mon, July 24, 2017 | By: Women’s Empowerment



Brighter Brains Institute is planning to launch three Women’s Empowerment Centers (WECs) in western Uganda. The primary amenity offered will be microloan financing.

In June 2017, seven members of BBI traveled to Africa to inspect our projects. The lack of women’s equality and leadership - even at our humanist schools - startled and upset us, and we’ve decided to make women’s advancement our top priority in the near future. The best way to help Ugandan women is to provide them with a path towards economic sustainability and independence. That’s what our microloans aim to do.

We have received excellent guidance in this direction—from Justin Silbaugh, a new BBI advisor who worked in Uganda for nonprofits for 10 years, and from Robyn Nietert, President of Women’s Microfinance Initiative. Robyn kindly provided BBI with an hour of advice, via Skype.

Our plan is to establish three Women’s Empowerment Centres that offer microloans, plus they’ll provide lectures on humanism, feminism, and sewing. The three centers will all be in places where BBI is already very well-established.

Our goal is to raise funding via grants,GoFundMes, and petitions to our email list.

The budgets for these centers is below:

Ruwenzori Women’s Empowerment Center

Space Rental — $600 ($50/month for 12 months) Furniture — $150 (benches and chairs for 20 women) Electricity — $120 ($10/month for 1 year) Sign — $50 License/Registration — $50 Director (Ngabirwe Phiona) — $360 ($30/month for 12 month) she will teach humanism & feminism + organize meetings every two weeks + withdraw and deposit money + keep records Microfinance Teacher (Charity Cathy Biira) — $70 Sewing Teacher ($200) Sewing Machines ($375 - three at $125 each) Money for Microfinance Investments $2,000 Wiring Funds — $200 GoFundMe fees — $350

TOTAL NEEDED — $4,535

Ruwenzori Women's Empowerment Center
Ruwenzori Women’s Group











Kanyenze Women’s Empowerment Center

Space Rental — $600 ($50/month for 12 months) Furniture — $150 (benches and chairs) Electricity — $120 ($10/month for 1 year) Sign — $50 License/Registration — $50 Director (Loice Ngunguro) — $240 ($20/month for 12 month) she will organize meetings every two weeks + withdraw and deposit money + keep records Microfinance Teacher (Charity Cathy Biira) — $70 Sewing Teacher ($200) Sewing Machines ($375 - three at $125 each) Money for Microfinance Investments $2,000 Wiring Funds — $200 GoFundMe fees — $350

TOTAL — $4,415

Kanyenze Women’s Group

Nyakiyumbu Women’s Empowerment Center

Space Rental — $600 ($50/month for 12 months) Furniture — $240 (benches and chairs for 64 women) Electricity — $120 ($10/month for 1 year) Sign — $50 License/Registration — $50 Director (Nyesi) — $240 ($20/month for 12 month) she will teach humanism & feminism + organize meetings every two weeks + withdraw and deposit money + keep records Microfinance Teacher (Charity Cathy Biira) — $70 Sewing Teacher ($200) Sewing Machines ($375 - three at $125 each) Money for Microfinance Investments $2,000 Wiring Funds — $200 GoFundMe Fees — $350

TOTAL — $4,415

How they work: The women’s groups meet every two weeks. The group votes to determine which members get the first loans - the loans are for 6 months at 10%. The total available to be loaned out is $2,000 so this means the chosen members can get a loan of $50-$200.

Loans are paid back in equal amounts every two weeks. If the individual can’t pay back the loan, the group has to. At the end of 6 months the group votes again to determine who gets the next loan, etc.



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