Business Skills Enhancement

According to a recent Action Aid report, primary school dropouts for girls in Uganda are at 20% per year, and about four times higher in some remote districts, where early marriages and teenage pregnancy are well above 50%, compared to the national average of 25%.

Many of those who drop out do not have any skills that would allow them to find employment. Indeed, in today’s world, there is a huge mismatch between the practical skills that young people have and the skills that employers require or that they would need to establish and manage their own businesses.

At La’ Marc Foundation, we recognise that without opportunities to develop the necessary skills, millions of young people will struggle to find work, potentially widening the poverty gap. As a result, we believe it is critical to conduct skills assessments, and guide self-assessment in order to assist youth in identifying the most appropriate skill in line with their personal interests, potential and goals. By doing so, we can start to create long-term outcomes for young people as well as more inclusive economies and societies.

Youth that have gone through self-assessment and they have fully discovered their interests and what skills they wish to develop; are linked to local artisans for a given period of time to undergo training and strengthen their practical skills in the relevant fields such as IT & Computer skills, Baking, Coffee processing Fashion & Design, beauty & cosmetics etc. Throughout this period of training, the youth gather at La’ Marc Foundation to acquire addition business management skills aiming at preparing their confidence in business establishment and management.

Skill enhancement provides our youth with the opportunity and knowledge for the individual to develop and strengthen the necessary vocational and business skills to gain, maintain, and advance in a chosen area. 

Our skill enhancement programs are focused around training that combines the best practices from education, conventional skills, social work, career counseling, and technology training.

Through skill training our youth improve their overall performance in any identified area and in so doing can improve the overall quality of life through increased household income. During the skills enhancement or training process, we typically use a combination of cognitive and behavior problem solving approaches, both of which are used to strengthen a person’s positive skill develop. At the end of the trainings, the youth are supported with start-up capital to start and effectively manage their own business, as they are supported and monitored for a period 6 – 12 months to ensure continuity of their businesses.


With the generous support of people like you, our teams are helping save lives, providing lifesaving assistance to young mothers and delivering urgent basic needs for them.

Together, we can take urgent action to prevent premature pregnancy. Now is the time to act and help girls survive the substandard life.