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.
Jun 27, 2012

Kikopo Pa Mon Gulu 2012

Kikopo Pa Mon 2011
Kikopo Pa Mon 2011

Kikopo Pa Mon Gulu.....Creating a Voice for Women in Gulu

5th Annual, September, 2012, Gulu, Uganda

To address the issue of gender inequality, violence, land rights, food security, HIV/AIDS and other issues facing women in northern Uganda, Women’s Global Empowerment Fund and Vac Net created and hosted a drama festival, Kikopo Pa Mon.  Women in our Credit Plus program create original plays highlighting their stories using music, drama, and dance.

Performances focus on the issues of inequality, education inequity, HIV and violence. Last year the topic, chosen by participants, was land rights and property ownership.  Women used the unique opportunity as a vehicle to directly speak to men and community leaders who were in attendance. Because the issues addressed are sensitive and can be difficult to discuss directly, using music, dance and drama offers a different way to communicate and provides
many other benefits, including maintaining and celebrating cultural traditions.

The competition provided a stigma-free environment in which to talk about sensitive subject matters; promoted unity and team building; and offered women the opportunity to be creative and innovative. The feedback for the event was overwhelmingly positive and created an excitement for Women’s Global and VacNet in the
community.

By encouraging the idea of traditional music, dance, and drama in the local language, the culture of the area would be preserved, and the relevance of these issues to the community would be elevated. Due to
the positive response and overwhelming success of the event, Women’s Global and VacNet will continue to host Kikopo Pa Mon annually.

In September, 2012, our 5th annual drama festival will be held. This is a vital program, enabling women to shift existing paradigms and conversations to challenge entrenched patriarchal notions and requiring their communities and leaders to listen and act. Please support this important and unique program.



 



 



elevating women
elevating women's voices, drama festival 2011

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Apr 16, 2012

Literacy 2012 Begins!

On April 14th our 5th year of literacy training begun in post conflict northern Uganda! 100 women will participate in the twice weekly classes for 8 months. Providing this life changing opportunity to women who have experienced unimaginable violence and poverty in the past and are now recovering their lives is our most important program. When you give a woman the opportunity to learn to read and write, her whole world opens up.

Attached is a photo of Cecilina and me two years ago; in the photo Cecilina is 61 years old and a WGEF client. For the first time in her life she can now write her name, she doesn't have to use a thumbprint anymore. She continues to learn and improve her literacy skills and is one of our most committed participants.

This initiative is so very critical to the women of northern Uganda, many of whom missed out on the opportunity to attend school due to the long, brutal insurgency. The region is now rebuilding and WGEF clients are working hard to create a brighter, more secure future for themselves and their families.

Please continue to support this life changing program. The funding initiative is ongoing and the more funds we raise the more women we can include every year. Thank you.

Peace,

Karen Sugar

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Apr 16, 2012

Focus on Economic Empowerment for Women!

In 2012 WGEF will continue to focus on providing microcredit loans and social capital building programs to women in post conflict northern Uganda. As the community rebuilds and recovers, meaningful development programs are essential.

Not only will we provide small loans to women in borrowing groups for traditional businesses, but we intend to build our Agricultural Loan program as well. For the north to have a healthy recovery, they must grow their own food. Northern Uganda is a perfect location for agriculture projects; temperate weather, short growing cycles, adequate rainfall, so irrigation is not needed and women with the knowledge and skills enabling them to have successful harvest, creating food security for their families and communities.

While climate change is an urgent issue, our clients are adjusting to the changes, shifting planting times, drought resistant crops, etc. They grow everything from sweet potatoes, tomatoes, beans, cassava, to lemons, mangoes and corn.

To date we have given over 3000 loans, over 180 ag loans; our average loan amount is $57 USD, and every loan has been repaid enabling us to recycle and continue to loan money; but we need to build capacity and that is where GG donors play an instrumental role! By donating to our program you are helping us reach more and more women with vital access to funds to create a business or ag project. These project provide women with the means to take care of themselves and their families, send their children to school, purchase medicines, and experience increased food and human security.

We have women who are creating small scale restaurants, lodges, food service, tailoring, child care, beauty salons, and many other entreprenuerial endeavors. In addition to economic activity, we focus on literacy, leadership development and health initiatives. WGEF believes that while microcredit can be an effective tool at alleviating extreme poverty, when bundled with social programs, it can be revolutionary. Please see the attached article about what is happening in northern Uganda!

Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to women's empowerment and social justice.

Peace

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