Women's Global Empowerment Fund

The mission of Women's Global Empowerment Fund is to reach poor and underserved women in northern Uganda thru microfinance loans and educational programs, creating opportunities while strengthening families and communities. Our strategy is to provide women with the framesork necessary to create viable opportunities for themselves and their families. Our goal is poverty reduction, human security enhancement & women's empowerment.

Women's Global Empowerment Fund
201 columbine street, #150
P.O. Box 6283
denver, colorado 80206
United States
(303) 520-7656
http://www.wgefund.org

Founder and Executive Director

Karen Sugar

Management Team

Karen Sugar, Bukenya Muusa, Eunice Apiyo

Board of Directors

Mark Twarogowski, Shanna Hennig, Karen Kazmer, Diana Pasenti, Jennifer Bezerium, Karen Sugar, Bukenya Muusa, Eunice Apiyo

Project Leaders

Karen Sugar

Mission

The mission of Women's Global Empowerment Fund is to reach poor and underserved women in northern Uganda thru microfinance loans and educational programs, creating opportunities while strengthening families and communities. Our strategy is to provide women with the framesork necessary to create viable opportunities for themselves and their families. Our goal is poverty reduction, human security enhancement & women's empowerment.

Programs

WGEF is a microfinance non profit offering microcredit loans, including business trainings and support, while focusing on three areas of social capital building programming: literacy, health and leadership. Our objective is to provide women with the framework necessary to create viable opportunities for themselves and their families. Through proven grassroots strategies, marginalized women are given the tools necessary to alleviate poverty thus facilitating sustainable development, self-determination and empowerment. The women in our program have experienced loss and marginalization, but now are working hard, repaying their loans on time, feeding themselves and their children, and sending their children to school. They are experiencing an increase in human security, and most importantly, they are proud and hopeful. We are seeing signs of empowerment, defined as increased food and health security, decrease in domestic violence, increase in community participation, less isolation. Offering women a chance to determine their future through economic activity, social development programming, and the space to address issues that are challenging in a culturally relevant environment allows for transformation and the advancement of women's rights. Our Credit Plus program addresses these issues thru trainings, developing a relationship between staff and client, creating activities that promote trust, communication and building community awareness. In October, 2012 we held our 5th annual drama competition, Creating a Voice for Women; our clients create plays that reflected issues relevant to their lives, and presented the works to the greater community audience. We had over 150 women participate this year and experienced an overwhelming turnout; many women have written letters expressing how meaningful this event was for them. In 2012 we offered our 5th year of literacy training, including a new higher level for those students who are advanced. To date, we have provided over 500 women with the vital opportunity to learn basic reading and writing skills, essential for success and empowerment. Our Credit Plus program requires in-depth training, where the client and her group develop a business plan, work on viability, marketing, etc; as well as time management, customer service, and other relevant issues. This process enables the group to build trust with each other, as well as the staff; allows for a clear understanding of the loan process, collective liability, and consequences and the opportunities and possibilities that exist. Our hope is that you will continue to support this vital, meaningful program, enabling us to ensure we continue to provide the tools necessary for poverty reduction, increased human security and women's empowerment.

Statistics on Women's Global Empowerment Fund

Financial Statistics

  • Annual Budget for 2013: $150,000
  • Maximum Annual Budget: $157,000
  • Other funding sources: 33% foundations, 67% individuals
  • Religious Affiliation: none
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