“Empowering Social Inclusion: The Rachiebo CBO’s Out-Of-School Entrepreneurial Skills Development Program”

Meaning of social inclusion

Social inclusion fosters equal participation in economic, social, political, and cultural realms, valuing diversity and proactively addressing barriers and inequalities. It is about honoring diversity, addressing barriers, and inequalities to ensure everyone can fully engage and contribute to society.

Key elements of social inclusion include:

Social inclusion is essential for promoting social justice, reducing poverty and inequality, and building cohesive and resilient societies. It recognizes that diversity is a strength and that everyone has a valuable contribution to make to society. Promoting social inclusion involves education, employment, welfare policies, anti-discrimination laws, community engagement, and tackling systemic barriers and inequalities.

Equal Opportunities:

Equity ensures equal access to opportunities, rights, and resources, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status.

Non-discrimination:

Promoting inclusive policies, practices, and attitudes reject discrimination, fostering respect, acceptance, and understanding of diversity in all its forms.

Empowerment:

Empowering individuals and communities to participate actively in decision-making processes that affect their lives and to exercise their rights.

Accessibility:

Creating inclusive environments, services, and infrastructure that are accessible and welcoming to people of all abilities and backgrounds.

Social Cohesion:

Fostering a sense of belonging, and mutual support among individuals , and promoting social cohesion and integration across diverse groups.

Social inclusion through entrepreneurial skills development

Social inclusion via entrepreneurship empowers diverse individuals, including marginalized groups, to engage in economic activities, fostering their contribution to society. This method dismantles economic barriers, nurturing an equitable society by equipping individuals with tools, resources, and support for entrepreneurship.

Access to Education and Training:

Offering education and training programs equip individuals with entrepreneurial skills like business planning, financial management, marketing, and networking. These programs may be tailored to the specific needs and circumstances of different groups, including women, youth, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and refugees.

Support Services:

Providing mentorship, coaching, and access to networks helps entrepreneurs overcome challenges in starting and running businesses effectively. This support can be particularly valuable for individuals who may face additional barriers to entrepreneurship, such as limited access to capital or lack of business experience.

Financial Inclusion:

Promoting financial inclusion by facilitating access to credit, savings, and other financial services that enable entrepreneurs to invest in their businesses and manage financial risks. Collaborating with financial institutions, microfinance organizations, and government agencies to develop inclusive financial services benefits underserved communities effectively.

Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development:

Building a supportive entrepreneurship ecosystem that fosters innovation, collaboration, and knowledge sharing among entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, and other stakeholders. Establishing incubators, accelerators, and co-working spaces fosters connections and provides resources, enhancing learning opportunities for entrepreneurs.

Policy and Advocacy:

Advocating for policies supporting social inclusion and entrepreneurship includes reducing barriers, tax incentives, and addressing discrimination and inequality effectively. This may involve working with government agencies, advocacy groups, and other stakeholders to create an enabling environment for entrepreneurship and ensure that all individuals have equal opportunities to participate in the economy.

Rachiebo CBO Social Inclusion Program

In line with the UN 2030 Agenda on social inclusion targets, the Rachiebo CBO under the visionary and passionate leadership of Acihebo (the Bakhulo community leader) James Okumu Onyango formed RACHIEBO Community Based Organization for the purpose of improving terms of their participation towards society developmental

opportunities especially in areas of education and employment.  The need is even made critical given that some families live across the border. This makes family integrations restricted within national migration requirements.  The effect of this on internal communal business opportunities across the borders cannot be overemphasized. 

This is particularly made critical when available financial inclusions opportunities are not adequately accessed by most members due to ancestral property rights being under indifferent national jurisdictions. As if those are not enough problems, the harsh climatic conditions witnessed in both Samia Sub County and Samia Bungwe of Kenya and Uganda respectively have made life almost unbearable. A situation that calls for rapid mitigation initiatives towards sustainable farming approaches for a food secure community.

Rachiebo CBO mitigative measures

To mitigate social exclusion challenges, the Rachiebo CBO has designed a Social inclusion process as a means for the disenfranchised persons to participate fully in economic, social, political and cultural life and to enjoy a standard of living that is considered normal in the society in which they live. It ensures that they have greater participation in decision making on issues that affect their lives and access to fundamental rights. In this regard the CBO seeks the financial support from members and well wishes in the following intervention measures:

  1. Out of school youth entrepreneurial skills development in collaboration with Budola vocational training institute through online accelerated learning program.
  2. Harness indigenous knowledge on food cultivation and storage to mitigate the effects of climate change and environmental degradation to address food security and poverty eradication

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  1. Develop, conserve and exploit the rich cultural heritage as income generating cultural and eco-tourism attraction
  1. Strengthen family welfare support system to create and deepen group synergy and avoid resource based sibling disharmony. This is especially important to enhance proper, efficient and mutual use of cultural, inherited and shared land recourses.

Several financial inclusion initiatives including Bukhekhe Savings and Credit Cooperative Society have been incorporated with the  aims of facilitating capacity building of members in crop and animal production, offer credit services for farming, develop marketing infrastructure that shall purchase farm produce from the farmers at farm gate prices and sell these to outside markets, encouraging and facilitating wealth accumulation by regular savings of her members, supporting the livelihoods of the vulnerable members of the society and to seek donations and grants from Government and other donor agencies to strengthen the lending base.

Financial inclusion measures

Bukhekhe Saving and Credit Cooperative Society was formed as a key pillar for promotion of youth Agribusiness and entrepreneurial development. The society thus has to establish structures that will assist her members to strengthen their capacity to produce, access markets, gain continual capacity building on crop and animal production, access credit facilities, create jobs, generate incomes and ultimately reduce poverty, provide social protection and give their members a voice and representation in the society.

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Bukhekhe fish farming project

The cooperative Society with the support of Rachiebo CBO, has acquired a meeting center which will be used initially as a collection center for produce, but has plans to institute several selling points at the market outlets where produce will be offered at competitive prices that meet the demands for sustainable economic welfare of its members.

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