Where We Work Uganda
Get facts about poverty in Uganda and learn how we empower its people to work their way out of poverty and build a safety net for the future.
Chronic political instability and ineffective economic management led to a pattern of decline that has made Uganda one of the world's most impoverished and least-developed countries. Nearly a quarter of its population lives below the poverty line. Many people live in inadequate and overcrowded dwellings in slums, mostly without clean water, electricity and proper sanitation. Rural people, too, suffer from a serious lack of basic necessities.
It also has one of the youngest African populations with an average age of 15 years.
Opportunity began work in Uganda in 1994 and has build on it's partners to provide access to a full range of financial services to those living in poverty.
- Farmer Loans: Loans help farmers pay expenses during the growing season. We work with partners to map and profiles clients’ farms, enabling our financial partners to customise lending to their needs.
- Savings: We encourage clients to save so they can manage their seasonal income and have a safety net for their future.
- Education Finance: School proprietor loans help education entrepreneurs expand classroom capacity, improve sanitation and enhance classroom technology. EduSave, an insurance-linked education-specific savings product developed with our insurance subsidiary, MicroEnsure, helps children continue to pay tuition in the event they lose their family income through a parent’s death or disability.
- In 2019, we are starting two new exciting projects with expert partners to bring life-changing financial inclusion to people living with disabilities, and refugees.