In Our Hands
Katosi Women Development Trust (KWDT) is a registered non profit organisation aiming to improve living standards of poor & rural fisher communities in Uganda by empowering them to engage in their development processes.
KWDT has been working with rural and fisher women for over 25 years and has been instrumental in creating change in the lives of the rural & fisher women and their communities.
KWDT is registered under the Non-Governmental Organizations Registration Statute of 1989 S.5914/6911.
Margaret Nakato, the founder of Katosi Women Development Trust and has over 25 years’ experience, mobilising communities to manage their development with focus on women.
What We Do
In rural and fishing communities, women make up the largest population, but face significant barriers that prevent them from enjoying basic social rights
Most derive their livelihoods from agriculture & fisheries but are restricted with limited access to land, credit & capital. Climate change also threatens their livelihoods as their main sources of income, agriculture, are highly dependent on weather.
Lack of access to healthcare services poses a risk to their health and their communities stressing their meagre incomes with medical bills. Restrictive social cultural norms continue to deny women equal access to opportunities, assets and mute their voices in shaping decisions whilst perpetuating cycles of gender based violence and other social injustices.
KWDT intervenes in rural and fisher communities on Economic Empowerment, Access to Water, Sanitation and improvement of Hygiene (WASH), Formal and Non-Formal Education & Environment Conservation through the women’s groups. Health, Gender, Youth & Disability are mainstreamed in all programs.
KWDT Vision and Mission
Empowering women to eliminate poverty and build healthy communities
Enable rural peasant women of KWDT to initiate and effectively manage their own social, economic & political development processes for development.
Explore Our Causes
Build women and female youth’ capacities by equipping them with functional knowledge and skills.
Support women to contribute to mitigating the effects of climate change and enhance adaption to the use of renewable energy sources.
Micro loans have supported women to engage in economic activities, increase access to WASH facilities, access to education as well as renewable energy technologies.
Diverse technologies like rain water harvesting tanks and deep boreholes are employed while maintenance is enhanced through skilling of repair committees and strengthening self-governance by training water user committees and the community.
Access to sanitation is improved by promoting appropriate technologies such as the ecosan toilet, emptied by a cesspool emptier to sustain use.
Increase access to legal fishing equipment to enhance women’s engagement in legal fisheries.