Sparked Women: Local Business Solutions for Better Health

Sparked Women: Local Business Solutions for Better Health


The Sparked Women project aims to reduce new HIV infections among young women in rural Uganda by tackling high unemployment rates. By introducing two sustainable business models, Sparked Women’s goal is to create 7,729 job opportunities for young women. These businesswomen benefit from increased income and confidence, enabling them to make safer (sexual) health choices. In addition, we build a sustainable community health service delivery system, covering the last mile in rural areas.

Healthy Entrepreneurs social franchise business model
In Sparked Women, Healthy Entrepreneurs has 905 active Community Health Entrepreneurs who do outreach. These women reach the last mile with essential health commodities and information. Their rural communities benefit from reliable access to quality health products and information on topics such as HIV and prevention. The Community Health Entrepreneurs have an electronic tablet for educational purposes and to digitally manage their stock and order products.

Sawa World local solutions business model
This highly cost-effective model teaches practical skills. In Sparked Women, Sawa World has taught over 13,000 Adolescent Girls and Young Women skills such as making books, liquid soap, and others. Our aim is for 7,729 young women to start self-employed businesses. Moreover, Sawa World creates easy educational videos and posters which are cascaded widely. The Community Health Entrepreneurs can also show these videos on their tablets.

Project details

Time frame
01 October 2016 - 30 September 2018
€ 1,236,918
Active in

Mukono, Mubende, Mityana, Gomba, Bukomansimbi and Ssembabule districts

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Community groups

7,729 adolescent girls and young women start businesses.
Community Health Entrepreneurs directly reach 150,000 community members.


This program is part of the PEPFAR funded DREAMS inovation challenge.

Sparked Women in 4 minutes

Get an impression of the project by watching this project compilation video in which you will see what the business-minded approach entails and the impact it creates on the lives of the young women in the project.

Vlogumentaries to demonstrate the impact

Out of all women trained as either community health entrepreneurs or micro-entrepreneur , we are following 7 of them on their journeys towards becoming empowered business women and role models to other young women in their communities. Four ambitious and enthusiastic girls have been trained as vloggers for this project.

Vloggers filming a micro-entrepreneur

DREAMS to fast-track the AIDS response

Aidsfonds has successfully applied to the DREAMS Innovation Challenge, a partnership to reduce new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in ten sub-Saharan African countries.

The ten DREAMS countries, including Uganda, account for nearly half of all new HIV infections that occurred among adolescent girls and young women globally in 2014. Sparked Women is contributing to the UNAIDS Fast-Track initiative which calls on all of us to focus our resources on the geographical areas and the populations in greatest need.


Funded by:

PEPFAR as part of the DREAMS Innovation Challenge, supported by PEPFAR; Janssen Pharmaceutica NV (Janssen), one of the Janssen pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson; and ViiV Healthcare. JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. is the Funds Manager for this award.


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