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.
Jul 2, 2015

Summer Update from Gulu!

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Greetings!

Each new season brings a renewed sense of hope and possibilities. In 2015, Women's Global clients are seizing every opportunity to rebuild and recover their lives. Women are busy planting, whether it is in the family or community gardens or agro projects providing a diversity of food, economic activity, and addressing food insecurity within the region.

A new market recently opened in Gulu, with better infrastructure and security, enabling businesses to grow and thrive. The new facility brings an increased cost of doing business; our staff have been busy providing trainings and support to women entering this new market, making sure they have the tools necessary to meet the costs and expand opportunities.

We are proud to share that through the first quarter of 2015, we have given outover 230 new loans to 23 borrowing groups. Your support helps us to provide more loans to the women in our program! 

 

This year 216 women will participate in our literacy program. We have two centers to serve our clients, with classes being held twice weekly, including lunch, child care and materials. Once again we are able to offer two levels, providing a more comprehensive opportunity! 

In addition, we have 7 women contesting for regional poltical office in February 2016 and our leadership development initiative this year is Citizen Journalism and Engagement. On October 2 & 3, we will be hosting our 8th annual Creating a Voice for Women Drama Festival and Community Events. Stay tuned for details and information. 

 

We hope you continue to be inspired by our work and accomplishments; we have new initiatives beginning this year and look forward to catching up with you again soon.


Thank you for your support and commitment to women’s empowerment!

Literacy participant
Literacy participant
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Apr 24, 2015

Spring Literacy Update!

Literacy participant
Literacy participant

April 2015

Spring has arrived, and so has WGEF’s literacy program in Gulu! This year we are able to provide 216 women with literacy training. This is increase in participation is due in part to our wonderful donors on Global Giving!

We have two training centers (see photos) with women attending classes twice weekly, including lunch and childcare for one child. The program last for 8 months culminating with a debate by students on the critical need and rights of educating girls and women.

Often times in many parts of the world women are not able to access education, skills, and basic human services. While this varies from place to place, village to village and country to country, it is due to inequality and poverty. WGEF is committed to addressing inequality and offer women the tools and training necessary to live dignified lives. 

Women take their literacy and communication skills back to their homes, helping children with studies; into their businesses and communities. Becoming more confident and often times leaders and advocates in their villages and districts.

The women we serve were displaced by conflict and violence; many are child soldiers, sex slaves, and all suffered unimaginable violence and poverty. The conflict, over 25 years, left the region struggling and insecure with little to no access to basic human services or education for women who missed out on the opportunity to study. Our literacy program was the first program implemented after microfinance; women told us it was the most important thing to them. They desired the opportunity to learn and understand, to communicate and be an example to their children.

We hope you are inspired and continue to support WGEF’s literacy program; we can’t do it without you.

Peace,

Karen 

Literacy student/mom
Literacy student/mom
WGEF Literacy Instructor
WGEF Literacy Instructor

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Dec 23, 2014

WGEF Unwrapped!

“I feel more at peace. Before I joined [WGEF] my life was not easy, now, I feel more comfortable and have peace in my heart.” –Hellen O. 

Greetings!

We live in a chaotic, tumultuous world, and during the holidays it may seem even more so. One thing is constant: the desire for security, peace and justice. These are lofty ideals, many times clouded by violence, politics and greed, but at the end of the day they are worth fighting for and that is our goal. To work for social justice, sustainable human development, increased food security and women’s empowerment.

Access to clean water and healthy food sources is a human right, not a luxury. For the planet’s poorest 2 billion people, rising food prices means going from two meals a day to one or none. This creates extreme poverty, human insecurity and violence.

WGEF is addressing this critical issue by focusing on our traditional and agriculture loan program, providing loans and tools for women to create a business or agro project. Our focus for 2015 is increasing our loan program and leadership development heading into the 2016 national elections. We have many women interested in runnning for regional and national officess. Our aim is promoting and training women to become leaders and advocates in their community and a strong voice in policy development. 

Attached is our 2014 survey, highlighting our program achievements and words from our clients. As we move forward into our 8th year and beyond, our program continues to be transformative, provocative and relevant.  We hope you are inspired and continue to support WGEF and the women we serve in northern Uganda. 

Wishing you peace this holiday season! 

Women's Global Empowerment Fund

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