Initially, the single parents are taken through a candle-making training process in a 10-day workshop. They are taught to maximise the use of materials that can be readily obtained on the local market.

During the training, single parents are also shown how to make various designs of candles; from the simple ones used for basic lighting in homes, to the more elaborate ones that also serve a decorative purpose in churches and for special occasions. In addition to these, the beneficiaries are also given skills to make candles that give off a mosquito-repellent scent, when they are burned.

At the end of the training, the beneficiaries are then supported with capital to carry on with the candle-making as an economic activity over an initial 3-month period. By the end of the first 3 months, the beneficiaries are expected to be able to sustain their own project out of the project proceeds, without need for further capital from SPAU.

Typical Project Costs

For a project benefiting 20 members working in one group costs up to UGX 3,500,000 (approx.$1170 )

  • Set-up costs for 20 people – USD $ 1600
  • Set-up costs for 1 person – USD $ 80