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.
Dec 20, 2014

WGEF Unwrapped!

"Just give people a way to walk so that eventually they can run, and then you'll see them dance. Some of them will even fly."   -Rita Bright

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 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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Dec 9, 2014

In closing....

Since 2008, Women’s Global Empowerment Fund (WGEF) has been providing economic social and educational opportunities for women in Northern Uganda. WGEF uses a credit-plus microfinance model that provides microloans to women alongside literacy, leadership development, agribusiness, and health initiatives. 

While we are retiring the HPI initative on Global Giving, we are continuting to move forward with the project thru other funding mechanisms. Creating awareness and products to ensure women have access critical information and services, products and opportunties ensuring mentrual health. 

In addition to this project, WGEF will continue to provide eonomic, social and political opportunities to women who are rebuilding and recovering their lives in northern Uganda. Access to basic human services is the right of every human being; WGEF strives to address ineqaulity and marginalization thru meaningful and relelvant programs. 

Thank you.

Karen Sugar, Executive Director

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Oct 15, 2014

7th Kikopo Pa Mon, Listening to Local Voices

Gulu style watch
Gulu style watch

Gulu, October 4th, 2014

7th Annual Drama Festival, Creating a Voice for Women in Gulu! 

The theme of this years event was Listening to Local Voices. The issues ranged from reintegration after the conflict to equality and women's role in rebuilding the community. 

As usual, the drama festival provided provocative plays, songs and dance. The Acholi culture was represented and celebrated; with hundreds of people attending, enjoying the day, elevating women's voices and discussing issues of equality, ending gender based violence, peacebuilding and setting local priorities. 

The night before we hosted a community dinner, where two women were honoured with our Women 4 Peace Awards. One of the awardees was Prisca, one of WGEF's first clients, a successful entreprenuer and leader in her community. It was exciting to see her receive this honour as her group members and friends applauded her hard work and commitment to women's equality.

The next day the community gathered to watch women challenge their communities and elected leaders to support women's empowerment. Thru the power of storytelling, drama, songs and dances, women communicated, and demanded that their voices be heard!

This year the trend was unique headresses. Each group of dancers had made costumes which incuded head pieces.I have included photos!

This event is not only a way to celebrate and maintian cultural integrity, but effectively communicates the challenges facing women; providing a stigma free platform for women to express themselves, elevating their voices and creating the space for effective communication and advocacy.  

I hope you are inspired and continue to support WGEF! Thank you....

Karen

Koro dancers
Koro dancers
Inspired dancers
Inspired dancers

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