over 800 small scale business women in Gulu district have been encouraged to embrace book keeping in a bid to grow their businesses.
Book keeping helps business people know if they are making a loss or profit, according to Minallah Adong, a business mentor.
Adong was on Monday mentoring 32 leaders of different women groups during a meeting held at Global Friendship Hotel in Gulu City and funded by Forum for women in democracy-FOWODE.
Joyce Ojara, the chairperson of Mon Paco farmers group in Punena parish in Bungatira Sub County in Gulu district said the mentoring sessions have helped her realize that she has been stealing from her own business because she has not been noting accounting for money she gives to family members and friends.
Brenda Aromorach- the FOWODE Gulu Field officer told Mega Fm that the three year project dubbed Women’s empowerment and leadership project is worth over Shs 1billion and is being implemented in five districts of Gulu, Kibuku, Luwero, Rukungiri and Amuria.
Aromorach noted that economic empowerment of the women is a catalyst for the women to take up leadership positions.
She said that the project was developed after several women interviewed in a baseline survey said that they were unable to participate in leadership positions because they did not have money.
“Many women said they could not participate because they did not have money even for picking nomination forms but we are now hopeful that many will be economically empowered through their businesses to be able to take up leadership positions,”Aromorach said.
“Im happy that at least 40 women recently are now political candidates after receiving mentoring and have been trained in leadership,” She added.