Ride 4 A Woman – Empowerment through Enterprise

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, famous for it endangered Mountain Gorillas in the south west of Uganda, is also home to other inhabitants. Around the edge of the National Park in a Village called Buhoma there is a community of women trying to make a difference.
These women are the bedrock on which the community is built and do everything to ensure that they can thrive the best the can in an environment they find themselves in.
All the work the day to day work they do stifles their ability to learn new skills and earn money, due to lack of time and opportunity to peruse other interests. This in turn has led to a cycle of feeling, undervalued and disempowered.
To help the women two courageous people, Evelyne Habasa and Denis Rubalema began Ride 4A Woman. This venture started off by renting bicycles to tourists in the hope of garnering income to enable to women to partake in job-training schemes and other revenue generating activities.
All the work the day to day work they do stifles their ability to learn new skills and earn money, due to lack of time and opportunity to peruse other interests. This in turn has led to a cycle of feeling, undervalued and disempowered.
To help the women two courageous people, Evelyne Habasa and Denis Rubalema began Ride 4A Woman. This venture started off by renting bicycles to tourists in the hope of garnering income to enable to women to partake in job-training schemes and other revenue generating activities.
As time went on the success of the scheme grew there was a need for a full time bike mechanic and the venture took a big turn for the better when Evelyne met a group of Australian travellers who offered the assist in setting up a sewing programme. Fast forward to the present day and Ride 4A Woman has the following community based projects all aimed at empowering women in their community:
· Bike Rental scheme
· Bike Maintenance scheme
· Sewing Programme / Local Crafts and Textiles
· Agriculture
· Micro Finance
. Bakery

At Let’s Go Travel we support this incredible enterprise by giving a free 30,000 UGX voucher to all our visitors who come to Uganda and do a Gorilla Trekking Safari to take to the Bwindi Women’s Community Centre in Buhoma to take a look at all the products that the ladies have made and perhaps purchase some for themselves.
We believe that this little gesture gives the ladies a continued line of people going to visit them so they can show off what they do and share their story. When items are bought from the shop each one travels to a different part of the world with a unique story about the woman in Buhoma who made it and how her life has changed because of it.

 

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