BRAC is a development organisation dedicated to alleviating poverty by empowering the poor.
Our operations in Uganda have grown to 155 branches across 80 districts. We now have more than 213,072 microfinance members and 102 branches of the small enterprise programme. In 2017, we contributed to reducing youth unemployment in Uganda through our ultra poor programme. We provide assets to young people facing financial hardship and train them so they can lift themselves out of extreme poverty.
We partner with the MasterCard Foundation to implement a scholarship programme that aims to assist 5,000 academically gifted yet financially disadvantaged students to access quality secondary education. We also operate play labs to develop children’s cognitive, physical, emotional, and social well being through play. Almost 55,130 girls are learning about sexual and reproductive health through our adolescent clubs. Our goal is to assist them in becoming agents of change by achieving greater economic and social empowerment through our loans and training.
Our agriculture and livestock programme works with smallholder farmers to improve their production and livelihood. We offer credit to support farmers excluded from mainstream finance. We operate a tissue culture lab and also diversify seed varieties, which we market through our social enterprise. Our health programme focuses on children under five and women of reproductive age. We are introducing new technology and offering training to health promoters so they can collect data through mobile apps.
Population: 41.5 million (World Bank, 2016) GDP per capita: 615 (World Bank, 2016) People living below poverty: 19.5% (World Bank, 2012)