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.
Oct 15, 2014

It takes a village...

Betty, Chairperson
Betty, Chairperson
Gulu, October 5th, 2014
While I have shared many stories with you, I am hoping you will indulge me one more time. On Sunday, we set out for the markets in the morning to avoid the impending rain storms. We met a group of women, Betty, Carcelina, Vicki and Beatrice. There was one member of the group not present. 
We sat in a little room, dirt floor, crumbling brick and introduced ourselves. Then I began learning about their lives, businesses and plans for the future. They have been in our program for over 2 years, received 4 loans and have built viable and interesting businesses: a restaurant, a drug shop, and selling produce in the market. They are all successful, support each other in many ways. 
Vicki had the opportunity to purchase the building where her restaurant was located. The group took out a larger than average loan, $500, Vicki used her saving to make up the difference. The group members put the entire amount towards helping Vicki buy her building; she was able to repay the full amount on time, serving over 150 customers per day, and is in control of her space and business! 
Every month the women also collectively save funds to be used for each member alternatively; helping to purchase a personal or business item. When Betty, the chairperson of the group showed me a piece of corrugated metal in the corner of their share storage space, she told me it was for Carcelina. The savings from last month enabled Carcelina to purchase the metal piece for the roof in her home. This is a huge development for her health and wellbeing. With the collective effort of the group, members are improving their group and individual livelihoods. 
One more impressive detail, Beatrice, owner of the drug shoppe, sells birth control and other items for women's reproductive health; she is proud to counsel and provide low cost birth control without a doctors note. This was impressive and most needed. 
Visiting with these inspiring women made my heart sing...it is a privilege to do this work. I hope you are inspired and will continue to support WGEF. 
Thank you! 
karen
Beatrice, Drug Shop owner
Beatrice, Drug Shop owner
Vicki
Vicki's restaurant, local hot spot

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Aug 26, 2014

It's been a year of empowerment...

Literacy 2014
Literacy 2014

This year WGEF has provided over 100 women with the opportunity to learn basic reading and writing skills. One of unseen benefits of this program is the difference it makes in the lives of the participants and their families. When I had the opportunity to sit in on a class, I was inspired by the sisterhood, joy, and environment of learning and empowerment. This is not merely a 'class' but a life changing endeavor where women are encouraged, supported, and celebrated!

Poverty is the result of inequality in multiple spheres; WGEF is committed to providing clients the tools to address these inequalities and advocate for themselves, families and communities. One of cornerstones of this commitment is offering women the chance to learn basic reading and writing skills. 

Our clients lives are challenging, everyday women are providing and caring for their families; often times walking long distances to get water, cooking fuel, and medical care. They are running business, participating in their communities, rebuilding their lives after conflict and all day on Saturday they are attending classes with their friends, colleagues and sisters. It is a 'day off' from the normal everyday challenges. They are offered lunch, eat and share together...this is critical as they recover their lives after a long and brutal conflict.

Our program for 2014 ends in early November, and one of culminating events is our drama festival where literacy students participate and can speak to the public. This is a life changing event, empowerment women to speak out, using the confidence they have obtained by the literacy program.

We cannot provide these opportunities without your support, and on behalf of the 104 women we served this year, thank you! Please continue to support WGEF and all of programs; together we can help women address inequality and acheive a brighter future.  

Thank you. 

Literacy participant 2014
Literacy participant 2014
Literacy participant 2014
Literacy participant 2014
Literacy participant 2014 2
Literacy participant 2014 2
Jul 17, 2014

Access, engagement and leadership...

WGEF client, Grace runs for public office!
WGEF client, Grace runs for public office!

Our Access to Justice Initiative will be included in the Drama Festival Activities, in October this year. We will be able to serve over 40 women with the infomration and tools needed to access justice, remove obstacles that women often face, provide edcuation to women in their local vilaages and districts. Thanks in part to GG funding, women will recieve critical information and opportunities to become leaders, and facilitators in the search for truth, justice and equality. 

The training is a component to our Leadership Development Initiative and will contiue to provide unique, relevant opportunties to women rebuilding and recovering their lives. 

Thank you for your support of this endeavor, and please continue to support women's empowerment! 

 

Peace, 

Karen Sugar

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