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.
Jan 30, 2012

Creating economic activity in 2012!

In 2012 WGEF is committed to providing economic and educational support to women in northern Uganda. We will focus on traditional microfinance loans and grow our agriculture loan portfolio, enabling women to increase food security for themselves, families and communities.

Attached, is our 4th quarter report for 2011. We were once again successfully at growing our program and maintaining a zero default rate. The spirals in our program are allowing the entire community to benefit from our Credit Plus program.

Also, please look at the photos posted on our project page. WGEF clients are experiencing sustainable human development, creating vibrant and diverse businesses. The businesses include: agro projects, livestock, restaurants and food service, child care, tailoring, selling fruits and vegetable in the market, and a host of other creative and thriving businesses.

We hope you are inspired by what is possible for women recovering from a brutal insurgency, violence and poverty. Please continue to support WGEF and the women of northern Uganda.

Jan 24, 2012

Literacy 2012!

Women’s Global, in consult with Literacy Aid Uganda, a national program promoting literacy throughout Uganda, has
developed a program that is effective and responsive to the needs of our clients. “When a woman learns to read and
write, her whole world
changes; possibilities and opportunities are created.”

As of August 2011, 400+ women have participated in our literacy program; 50 women sat for national exams in September 2010,with 100% passing the national literacy examination, receiving a certificate from the Ministry of Education.  Our 2011 training began March 1 thru October, serving 100 women and 97 children. Our goal in 2012 is to increase capacity to 200 women.

In addition we are including child care for one child for participant. Often times this is the only structured program where children are able to participate in a reading and writing and play program.

Our literacy program is one of our most critical offerings; access to basic education is a human right, and the outcomes from providing women this opportunity has been meaningful, relevant and transformative. Women report they are now able to communicate with banking and other officials, help their children with homework, sign their name and communicate more effectively to their customers and peers. Attached is a letter from one of our clients expressing the importance of the program in her life.

Please continue to support this vital program in 2012! On behalf of the women we serve in post conflict northern Uganda, thank you.



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Oct 10, 2011

Literacy Opportunities for Women 2011!

Grace
Grace

The literacy program is an important part of the WGEF microfinance Credit Plus model: “When you give a woman a microcredit loan the health and well being of her entire family increases, when you teach a woman to read and write, her whole world opens up.” - Karen Sugar, Founder and Director

Since April 2008, WGEF has provided an 8 month literacy training, with over 350 women participating! In 2012 our hope is to increase our class size to 200 women. It costs just $50 to provide critical literacy opportunities for a woman who desires to learn to read and write, enabling her to paricipate in her community and create a brighter future for herself and family. Below is an excerpt from a client letter:

"Im so happy that I can now read and write my name an opportunity which I lost when I was young but when WEGF opened the free literacy program I was among the first one to register.

I was among the many girls who were abducted by Joseph Kony’s Rebels LRA and I spent 8 years with them in busy I was brutally beaten, forced to carry heavy loads and was forced to kill one of the girls whom we were abducted with using a stick imagine! I was raped and forced to sleep with many rebels to the extent that I don’t know the fathers of my 2 beautiful kids whom I came back with after being rescued by government forces.

My 2 children are schooling and I pay for their requirements, I rent for myself, I have bought 2 goats and rearing local chicken, now my relatives loves me and I m staying with a man all this I was able to get it after joining the program I love the program and I wish if the program can extend to villages and reach more women since now many have shifted back and I would like to continue attending Literacy training for higher levels.

Thank you for the opportunity to share with you, by the way this is an achievement to me I used to fear to share but now I will never be silent again."

Providing critical support and opportunties, women are rebuilding their lives, experiencing increased empowerment and security. Please help us provide this critical programming to women in 2012!

literacy participants
literacy participants

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