In 2018-2019 OEP and Finn Church Aid organized an entrepreneurship launch track program at Rwamwanja refugee settlement in Uganda with the goal of giving participants new opportunities for employment or further studies.

The entrepreneurship diploma program is based on the Finnish Further Qualification for Entrepreneurs, and it follows the Finnish curriculum and assessment process.

The project began with training of local trainers who continued to train participants at Rwamwanja settlement for the entrepreneurship diploma.

Phase 1

Training of 20 trainers for the Finnish Diploma for Entrepreneurs.

  • Training for the diploma
  • Training practice at Rwamwanja refugee settlement
  • Certification of trainers

Phase 2

A core group of 5 trainers proceeded to train 60 participants at Rwamwanja settlement

  • 32 received the Finnish Diploma for Entrepreneurs
  • 14 received a participation certificate
  • 77% of the participants (44/60) are now self-employed


“I had dreamed about entrepreneurship, but hesitated starting a company of my own. Thanks to this training, I had the courage to take the crucial step. Now I know how to take controlled risks and what it takes to be an entrepreneur.”

– Ms Doris Akampurira, participant

“Personally this diploma is a great achievement. People have preconceptions about refugees, and it is not easy to earn a living in a foreign country. Now I can apply to further education and work on my business ideas.”

– Mr Joseph Lohose, participant


This diploma program was organized in cooperation with Finn Church Aid (FCA) with UNHCR funding.

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