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 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
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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