WOMEN LAND AND HOUSING RIGHTS
SWID continues to sensitize women on their rights to access, own and control land as well as housing. We conduct local to local dialogues whereby women, men and other stakeholders amicably dialogue on matters concerning land and housing. We now see women’s names included on land titles not as witnesses but as owners. we also train community members in land laws and land rights. These are community paralegals equipped with basic knowledge in land laws and land rights. This helps them handle land related cases in their respective communities. The Paralegals also do refer community members with land disputes to rightful institutions to seek justice. 200 women members own land of which 75 have acquired land titles. The women apply for the land titles in organized groups which reduces the costs. This practice is affordable for poor vulnerable women. We now see women, girls names appearing on land titles as owners not as witnesses as it used to be.
ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN
We empower grassroots women economically through the Revolving Loan Fund. This fund was started in 2004 by the women themselves whereby women do save and borrow the money amongst themselves at a 2% interest. women do access loans to; purchase land, construct habitable shelter, startup or boost income generating activities and invest in profitable agriculture. Over 200 women have benefited.
Communities where we operate in Jinja district are vulnerable to climate change and disaster effects such as drought, hailstorms, strong winds, floods and famine as a secondary effect. Therefore, we equip grassroots women with skills in climate change adaptation/mitigation strategies to ensure that communities are resilient. 848 households have been reached.
Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives
- Food Security
To enhance food security in grassroots communities in this era of climate change, the organization has equipped women with skills in Climate Smart Agriculture. 847 grassroots women have benefited by planting improved seeds which are resistant to harsh weather conditions. The women have also been availed with silos and taplines to enhance value addition.
2. Tree planting
To mitigate climate change, grassroots women have embarked on tree planting. 15000 trees comprising of pine and eucalyptus have been planted. The trees are carbon sinks which sequestrate carbon from the atmosphere.To further mitigate climate change, grassroots women are engaged in fruit tree planting. The fruit trees too are carbon sinks. At the same time the women get fruits to eat and for sell to earn income hence improving on their livelihoods at household level. 6000 fruit trees have been planted by 210 grassroots in Buwenge and Budondo sub-counties. We look forward to scaling this initiative to other new communities.
3. Efficient energy saving cook stoves
To reduce on the rate of carbon emissions, grassroots women have adopted the use of energy saving cook stoves. The stoves reduce carbon emissions by 34%. They also save the cost of fuel by 50%. “ I feel very proud of the energy saving stove, it saves firewood, produces less smoke and it conserves the environment. I couldn’t afford it thanks to SWID.” Says Nabirye Isoba a resident of Buwenge, Kyelinda Village. Grassroots women receive energy saving stoves. 600 grassroots have adopted to using the stoves. However, there is need to scale up this initiative given the fact that most people depend on fuel wood to do their cooking and boiling activities. The stoves avoid 1758.447 tonnes of carbon equivalent per year.
4. Bio-gas is the way to go!
The use of Bio gas is one of the means the women are using to reduce carbon emissions into the atmosphere. This initiative is viewed by our organization as one of the easy ways to increase carbon stocks at grassroot level. The initiative has received deserved appreciation from the beneficiaries and the community at large.
HIV/AIDS and Home Based Care
we sensitize grassroots people on HIV/AIDS, how to live positively. To enhance this, we have trained a team of 100 Home Based care givers who provide care and support to the terminary ill people such as People Living With HIV/AIDS, diabetic people, people suffering from cancer, and the elderly, at their homes through counseling, provision of basic necessities to the vulnerable people for example food, provision of diagnostic and nursing care, physical care including provision of referrals to health units.