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Who We ServeRefugees

The impact of poverty is even more severe for vulnerable groups like refugees. In response, we create economic opportunities within refugee communities and other marginalised groups. With financial services, support and training we are helping refugees move from a dependency on aid to self-reliance.

Those fleeing violence and oppression are some of the most vulnerable people in the world. They face countless risks as they seek safety and security, and once they find a safe place to stay, they must find a way to provide for their families in an entirely new context. Opportunity International responds to the unique needs of refugees by building innovative programs that serve those who have resettled in new cities or who are living in refugee settlements.

Our Refugees, Innovations, Self-Reliance and Empowerment (R:ISE) programme in Uganda is working to support over 20,000 refugee families across 3 refugee settlements.

Uganda is home to 1.4 million refugees from countries including South Sudan, DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia, Eritrea, Sudan, and Ethiopia, making it the largest refugee host country in Africa. Like any broad demographic category, refugees come from different countries and circumstances, and they have diverse abilities and skills. They are young and old, men and women, business owners, farmers, teachers, and health workers.


Uganda has a progressive refugee policy. It upholds a refugee’s right to move freely, work, own property, resettle and access land and basic services. Despite this, refugees face many challenges. These include:

Our Programme

Our programme will enable 20,000 refugee households to build secure and stable lives for themselves and their children. It will do this by increasing:

If I have the opportunity to build a business I will, so that I can look after my family. I would try anything – there is a good market here. I would like to have a shop and then also farm.

Charlotte, Nakivale Refugee Settlement - 2019

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