UWESO History

UWESO has implemented the following projects in the past

·         The UWESO Development Project (UDP i): 1995 to 1998

·         The UWESO Savings and Credit Scheme (USCS)

·         The UWESO Development Programme (UDP 2): 2000 to 2005

·         Success Microfinance Service

The UWESO Development Project (UDP i): 1995 to 1998

UWESO received a grant from the Government of Belgium under its Belgium Survival Fund wamounting to US$ 1.45 Million, this fund was administered through IFAD to implement the UWESO Development Project for orphans and their families in the UWESO Core Districts of Mbarara, Masaka, Lira Kumi and Soroti.  This project offered primary school scholarships and vocational training for orphans and also supported income-generating activities for orphan families and community volunteers who take care of orphans.

The UWESO Savings and Credit Scheme (USCS)

In early 1996 with the HIV/AIDS prevalence at 15%, UWESO stakeholders subsequently revisited this approach and this led to the establishment of The USCS. The scheme aimed at creating income generating and food generation opportunities for families that were fostering orphans, the scheme eventually developed into a successful field activity, which dominated UWESO branch operations in the five pilot districts of Kumi, Soroti, Lira, Mbarara, and Masaka.

The UWESO Development Programme (UDP 2): 2000 to 2005

In 1997 UWESO conducted a Mid-Term Review (MTR) and also an IFAD Interim Evaluation in 1998, and major recommendation to implement the UWESO Development Program (UDP2). This was designed to improve the economic, social and self-sufficiency status of orphans and foster families in other districts beyond the five original “UWESO CORE Districts” UDP 2 had the following components, which deliberately targeted to benefit a larger proportion of women (80%) taking care of orphans:

i) Development of UWESO Savings and Credit Scheme

ii) Cluster Based Training

iii) Programme Expansion and Advocacy

iv) Institutional Development

Creation of Success Microfinance Service

In 2004, UWESO was divided into two separate organizations specializing in two distinct areas. The two organizations became Success Microfinance Service Ltd (SMS) and UWESO.