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About Z-Uganda

Z-Uganda was founded in Stavanger, Norway in 2014 by Karina Rugland and Maren Wenberg, both social workers. The founders first went to Uganda in 2011. After experience in different fields, the founders decided to keep working with women and micro finances. SET-Uganda stands for Social Empowerment Theory (Z). 

​Z-Uganda are working with promoting women’s independence in smaller communities in Uganda. This is done through self-help groups and micro-finances. In our nontraditional micro-finance, we use pigs as tool in fighting poverty.



Our heart shaped logo symbolize several items that shows the passion we have for the project and Africa. The left part of the heart, is shaped as the African continent, but also as a tree of life to show our focus on sustainable development and empowerment.

All members of Z-Uganda are working voluntarily.  Z-Uganda makes no profit from our work towards empowering those who are in our target group. 

Karina Rugland

Co-founder from Sola,


Educated social worker and CEO Z-Uganda, Norway office.

Maren Wenberg

Co-founder from Stavanger,


Educated social worker, project coordinator in Uganda and deputy Norway office.

Elisabeth M. Håkenåsen


Teacher from Sandefjord, Norway.

Project coordinator for the Social Work in Uganda​

Marte Setså


Manager of Human Resources from Tjelta, Norway.

Isaac Kubeketerya

Managing Director from Jinja, Uganda

Animal Production Officer/Veterinary Personnel

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