About the Project
Patapia is a groundbreaking start-up giving refugee women in Uganda the means to achieve economic independence and empowerment. We provide a business-training program, low-interest financing, and access to saving accounts. Repayments allow us to support more women and create a movement where refugees become financially independent and are not dependent on aid and handouts.
Founded by Aime Rebecca, a former refugee from DR Congo, your donations will support refugee women to start and run their own small businesses.
We are currently organizing a crowdfunding campaign to raise $20,000, which will be used to set up a business skills training facility and provide seed capital to at least 50 startups run by refugee women. As the loans get repaid, we will be able to extend credit to more women.
Uganda receives refugees from across Africa, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia and Ethiopia. Upon arrival, refugees are required to stay in camps, receiving some support from UNHCR which sustains their basic needs. Unfortunately this aid is not sufficient to rebuild a family’s life, leaving many frustrated, traumatized and financially challenged.
With no education and employment options, coupled with a need to provide for their families, women refugees have ventured into entrepreneurship, with creative and innovative business ideas. However, they face multiple challenges:
- Inaccessible start-up capital: With no assets that could serve as collateral, these refugee women don’t have access to traditional loans from commercial banks.
- Depleted savings: The pandemic and lockdown has exacerbated their poor monetary situation, consuming savings they had.
- Limited business knowledge: Often, these businesses are run on a trial and error method with no culture of bookkeeping, savings, and growth plans.
About the Founder
As a refugee from DR. Congo, Aime Rebecca had to support and take care of her family at the age of 14.
Aime desired to start her own business to make a living without being exploited by others. However, like with many refugee startups, the biggest challenge was access to finance.
In 2016, she joined the Social Innovation Academy (SINA) that supports marginalized youth to turn their challenges into opportunities, from where she formed the idea of supporting refugee women.
What We Need
Refugee women are struggling to provide for their families. During the pandemic, they have been hit the hardest and sadly lost even the small jobs they had. By supporting Patapia you can help them improve their business skills and start their own businesses.
Your donations will:
●Be collected into a pool that the women borrow for financing their businesses
●Set up a skills training facility and obtain key resources to facilitate the skills training for the women
Everything we raise through this campaign will be spent directly to empower refugee women and indirectly improve the lives of hundreds of refugees.
$20 Train a refugee woman on business development
$50 Cover the savings account opening fees for 10 women
$100 Train a refugee woman in a specific skill
$300 Purchase a computer to facilitate training and learning
$500 Mentor and finance a refugee woman to start a business
$800 Finance four months rent of Patapia’s training facility