Sunday at the Cash Round

Sunday our Executive Director Anne and two German volunteers from managers without borders were invited taking part at one of the local cash rounds. Time to explain the concept of cash rounds and telling about this specific cash round…

If you take a loan at one of the microfinance banks, it means you pay something between 20 and 25% interest rate. As most people are afraid of managing the interest rate, the cash rounds got developed… the cash is floating in the round and gets paid out without interest… this specific cash round has 41 active members, they meet every Sunday (and this is a must!) and every active member needs to pay 50.000 UGX.

Every Sunday the money collected (2.050.000 UGX) gets paid out to one person. This person also needs to take care of the lunch at this very Sunday. The cash round we visited registered as a legal institution at the county level, has chairperson, vice chairperson, secretary, treasurer and a few more executives installed. And they take it very serious! Since their funding 8 years ago there has never been someone missing the payment or any other kind of issue…

The strictness kept this cash round alive whereas a lot of others do not last for long… The decision on who becomes the “person of the day” being granted the money is decided every week based on the urgency of the problem… so in one cycle everyone is granted the money once, the order could be changing depending on the problems on the table… Also the cash is never to be used just for daily groceries or similar… it has to be a specific project like a business investment or an investment into a house / building. This needs to be proved before the cash is granted and also needs to be shown afterwards…

We finished our visit with a very nice lunch… so a lovely Sunday to learn about a very good initiative to keep cash flowing without huge interest rates!!!

Message of the Executive Director

In this year 2015, efforts were invested in assisting local community leaders, community based groups, and community members to improve their capacity to amplify their voices and wishes in the development arena.

In the area of human rights, most especially women Education, land rights, and advocacy, together, we ensured that NWASEA pursued further its path of empowering communities to demand for their fundamental human rights and freedoms, improved service delivery through advocacy and lobbying of those in authority. In turn these activities helped NWASEA maintain a local presence through a variety of initiatives which were well received by the members and the public.

Admittedly, we would not be where we are without the generous support of all our partners and donors. To you all thanks for boosting our capacity to deliver to the most needy women, children, and men in Uganda.

NWASEA has a bright future ahead, but this can only be realized with continued determination, and sometimes sacrifice. I implore all funders, partners, friends and all members of the Organization to offer the secretariat all the support required to achieve our intended goals. When we work together, the sky is the limit. Some of the major achievements are mentioned in this report. Member’s skills in reading, writing, numeracy and production of FAL materials improved. This programme is a major component of the 2013/2017 strategic plan. The strategy for pursuing of this was through training of FAL instructors and provision of advisory services. There has also been the production of the English primer for first time readers.

Knowledge and skills to 29 groups in the design of gender sensitive poverty eradication and planning improved. Active and collective involvement in decision making of their development agenda was registered in Iganga, Mayuge and Luuka Districts

I salute all those who have contributed to our success both in form of human and financial resources. Above all I thank all members of NWASEA for their commitment and understanding they have exhibited throughout 2015. “Bravo” Hallo, the battle has just begun.

Message from the Chairperson

It gives us great pleasure to see that each time a new Annual Report is presented; it reflects growth within the National Women Association for Social and Education Advancement (NWASEA), not only in numbers, but also the magnitude and impact of our activities. Herein, the 2015 Annual report provides significant achievements as highlighted, and therefore justification for us all to celebrate.
Among others, NWASEA has taken huge strides in ensuring that the voices of the voiceless are captured in the Education policy, Land policy and the Environmental Policy. Over 75% of the issues advocated for included; promotion of girl child education, women literacy and empowerment, and opening of four field offices at Buwaaya, Waibuga, Igombe and Imanyiro sub counties to help with women land rights issues and enable para legal’s refer dispute land conflicts to relevant authorities for redress, with land rights Desk Officers, training of Paralegals and local leaders; increased media visibility of NWASEA both locally and Nationally to mention but a few.
NWASEA was visible through 2015 on the local and National scene, as it challenged the local government in Eastern
Uganda towards the promotion of community empowerment, advocacy and service delivery, promotion of non-formal Education, protection of human rights gender mainstreaming and freedoms especially for women. Empowerment of communities was enhanced in 5 sub counties where the organization imparted skills, knowledge in promotion of poverty resource monitoring. Using this tool, communities were able to select 1 health center and 2 primary schools and use them as pilot to examine both facilities and use information to lobby leaders to improve on service delivery. Adult education programmes were also enhanced using sustainability strategies. As we move into yet another challenging year for the civil society organizations, I would like to take this opportunity to encourage all members of NWASEA to rise up to the occasion and not be found wanting when called-upon to challenge government where it has slackened in the promotion, protection and respect fundamental human rights and freedoms, as well as empowering communities for sustainable development. I take this opportunity to salute all the members and wish you a fruitful 2015.