Thanks to All Out members, all four businesses have been fully funded!
You can still donate to fuel more Grassroots Empowerment projects like those belowhere.
In partnership with the Refugee Coalition of East Africa (RefCEA) and their SPARK Fund, we’ve gathered business proposals from four groups of LGBT+ refugees. With an injection of capital, ranging from US$1,000 - US$2,000 each, these businesses will be able to take flight - providing a sustainable and safe means of living, an escape from poverty, self-reliance, and real hope for the future.
You can help fund one or more of the businesses below. These business plans can only be fully realized and implemented if the fundraising goal is met. If a business does not reach its goal, your donation will be refunded.
Learn more about each of the business proposals below.
Many LGBT+ people in Uganda and other Eastern Africa countries face unbelievable discrimination and violence, forcing them to flee their homes and seek refuge in a neighboring country. They can end up stuck in impoverished and homophobic refugee camps or unwelcoming cities for years, with very little resources or help. Transgender refugees often face additional challenges.
In order to survive, many LGBT+ refugees have no other choice but to resort to dangerous or illegal ways to make money, like sex work. Government neglect and hateful discrimination keep them out of the workforce, even though they want to work and have valuable skills and experience to offer.