Skill Development

“I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.”
– John D. Rockefeller

There is a detrimental unemployment rate in Uganda, in which 18-30 year-olds make up 64% of unemployed persons. Musana’s skill development department tackles this issue by tapping into people’s creativity and potential, inspiring job creators and entrepreneurs. Acting as one of the largest training centers in Iganga, we equip Ugandans of all ages, educational backgrounds, and economic status in both business and practical skills.

full and part-time employees

skill development projects

women trained with a skill

Our Enterprises

Merchandise Production

Musana trains and employs women in craftsmanship, tailoring, knitting, embroidery, and tie-dye. Our 18 full-time and 100 part-time women currently have contracts with multiple schools, businesses, and organizations in Iganga to make uniforms, sweaters, bags, and other local demands. Concurrently, these women continue to perfect their handiwork in the creation of beautiful merchandise that is sold in the tourist craft market in Uganda and overseas. Every item that is made in this department not only supports Musana, but provides an income for the women, enabling them to take care of themselves and their families.

Musana Sol View 

Equipped with a restaurant, bar, pool hall, coffee shop, conference hall, and guest house, Sol View is an “every man’s” go-to. Offering a delicious variety of Western, Indian, and Ugandan cuisine, as well as a relaxing and enjoyable ambiance, there is no place like it in Iganga. Providing Iganga a social and community hotspot, Sol View simultaneously acts as a training center for catering and hospitality.

Guesthouse

A few kilometers away from Iganga Town, our guesthouse is an oasis! This secure compound has a beautiful grass area with fruit trees and flowers, an outdoor gazebo where guests can sit and relax, and a terrace that is perfect for morning yoga or nightly star-gazing. Embedded within Musana’s staff and leadership housing, this community offers warm Ugandan hospitality.

All profits from our skill development projects are cycled back into the community through…

Microloans

To further provide economic opportunity to the women that we work with in our skill development department, we offer microloans to provide them a chance to become their own business owners and entrepreneurs. The women go through business training that emphasizes topics such as innovation, finance, marketing, strategy, and operations. At the end of the training, they are guided in how to write their own business proposals to be considered for a loan. A few loans are given out at time and as the women pay them back, the money is recycled to provide another woman the opportunity to make her business proposal a reality. Acting as a collateral substitute, this system keeps the women accountable to each other. As a result, the program empowers women to work together to create small businesses that are enabling them to provide for themselves and their families. Some successful businesses include retail shops, brick making, tailoring, stone quarrying, milk delivery, and a piggery.  Loan recipients are now independent entrepreneurs that have gained the respect from their communities and live with hope and dignity restored

Skills Development and Business Training

In order to provide more economic development services to the community, in 2016, Musana opened a window of opportunity for community members to take classes within our skill development department. These classes train 120 women annually in three-month increments, offering training in tailoring, knitting, and hairdressing. The intensive three-month courses create entrepreneurs with a very practical and business-centered approach. The students are first trained in a practical skill of their choosing, then are provided business classes, AND finally are offered the opportunity to apply for a loan to open their own enterprises utilizing their new capabilities!

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