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Our Mission

Eradicate household poverty and build healthier communities by empowering women and girls with the tools to recognize their worth, care for their menstrual days and ensure they stay in school.


Reusable Menstrual Pads

Teaching girls how to sew their own reusable pads empowering them to stay in school.

Economic Empowerment

Promoting self-sustaining enterprises through female-led community lending circles.

Climate Action

Nurturing the environmental guardians of tomorrow with our tree-planting program and after-school Green Club activities.

Our Story

ACESO, formerly known as I Am A Girl, was founded in 2019 to promote, protect and advocate for the rights and wellbeing of women and girls in Mbale, Uganda. Our roots in Mbale have grown, and today we extend our reach to over 50 villages in eastern Uganda. Our core areas of focus include period justice, gender equity, and economic opportunity.

 It's an undeniable fact: women and girls often feel the disproportionate impacts of challenges like climate change, care work, and the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Economic shifts can reduce their access to essential services such as education, healthcare, and financial resources. With the evolving landscape, we see the pressing need and value in supporting and investing in women and girls now more than ever.

Empowered women  //  Healthy societies 

Desire Kirabo, President of I am a girl, passing out fabric to a group of women.
Executive Director Desire leading an in-school workshop for reusable pads.

How We Work

We use a women-centered, rights-based approach to build lasting change. Women and girls are experts on their own bodies and lives. Our programs work with women and girls to address their needs.

Our core belief is that no one should be left behind. We incorporate this value into our programs ensuring that women are at the center of our work with the inclusion of men and boys. To create lasting change means we must change behaviors as well as systems. 

At ACESO use a data-driven approach — a combination of lived experiences, literature reviews and data collection — to measure our impact. By measuring programmatic results, we understand how to create change and design positive and impactful programs.


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