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 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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Oct 10, 2011

Creating a Voice for Women, September 2011

creating a voice for women, dance presentation
creating a voice for women, dance presentation

To address the issue of gender inequality, HIV/AIDS, gender based violence, food security and other issues facing women in northern Uganda, Women’s Global Empowerment Fund hosts a drama competition, Kikopo Pa Mon.  Women in our microfinance program create original plays highlighting their stories using music, drama, and dance. September 2011, WGEF hosted our 4th annual drama event in Gulu, Uganda. The focus this year was land rights and property ownership for women.

Over 150 women participated, presenting dramas, songs, dances, poetry to the community, highlighting the inequity in women's access to land rights and ownership. Hundreds of community members, tribal and political leaders attended creating the opportunity for dialogue and conversation regarding the critical issue of land rights. Although women provide 80-90% of food production and labour, they are excluded from land ownership and property rights, creating food and human insecurity, gender based discrimination and marginalization.

This critical issue of land rights was the perfect subject for the drama event, elevating the issue to the community and regional level and providing a stigma free environment and an effective vehicle to address the challenges. We are now planning for further community forums to continue the dialogue and looking forward to our 5th annual drama event in 2012.

Please enjoy the photos and video clips from Kiko Po Pa Mon!

stage presentation
stage presentation
drama presentation
drama presentation
children watching and seeing what is possible
children watching and seeing what is possible
community forum/dinner before event
community forum/dinner before event

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Aug 16, 2011

Economic Empowerment in Gulu!

client/quarry
client/quarry

The goal of Women’s Global Empowerment Fund is to provide economic opportunities, giving women the tools necessary to create sustainable development. By looking back at global precedents and looking forward to what is possible, Women’s Global is poised to create a sustainable organization based on our current Credit Plus model and the belief that the true power of microfinance is in its potential to transform. We believe this transformation can only happen if our program continues to be relevant and provocative.

Women’s Global Empowerment Fund was founded upon the belief that microfinance can be a revolutionary concept, and when bundled with educational programming, can build social capital and increase the potential for women’s empowerment and success. It is this belief that created our Credit Plus program.

Women’s Global Credit Plus program combines microcredit services with health, nutrition, family planning, and basic business education into a single service reaching under served women in cities, villages and rural areas. Through our Credit Plus program, participants will receive a microcredit loan bundled with social and educational services, allowing them to create an opportunity for sustainability, increased food security and health and nutrition. Investing in women and families by creating a social network provides not only small business loans, but educational opportunities as well. This can help women to build livelihoods and a brighter future for the families. Our program goal is poverty reduction, human security enhancement and women’s empowerment. Our motivation is the belief that very poor women can rise above poverty with dignity.

In the second quarter of 2011 WGEF gave out 131 new loans, included 20 new borrowing groups; average loan size is $31 usd; loans at risk remains at 0. Please visit our website for more information, www.wgefund.org

agro project
agro project
client and founder in her village
client and founder in her village

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