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

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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Jul 18, 2011

Big Smile Dental Clinic May 2011!

dental clinic May 2011
dental clinic May 2011

Women’s Global Empowerment Fund offers microcredit loans and educational programming to women in northern Uganda, specifically in and around Gulu. Our strategy is to provide women with the framework necessary to create viable opportunities for themselves and their families. Through grassroots strategies, marginalized women are given the tools necessary to alleviate poverty thus facilitating sustainable development and empowerment.

Project Summary:

The Big Smile Dental Clinic was held May 29th thru June 1st for clients and families participating in the Credit Plus program.  A dental/medical team from Denver, Colorado traveled to Gulu to provide free dental care and hygiene to Women’s Global. Dr. Mark Novolen, DDS and volunteers worked with Gulu based dentist Dr. Joseph, to provide quality dental care and education to the women and families in our program.

A full range of dental services was provided, including:  fillings, extractions, etc.The clinic will be held in the Women’s Global offices, with assistance from volunteers, ensuring that our clients are organized and their dental needs are met. This is an important opportunity for our clients and their families, to receive quality dental care and education that will last a lifetime, adding to the goal of creating sustainable development for our participants.

Over 2.5 days the dentists were able to see over 170 patients, relieving pain and providing critical medical care. Our peer counselors participated, running the check-in and check-out procedures, helping patient who were in pain, ensuring that the clinic was a success for their community.

We hope you continue to support WGEF’s Dental Clinic and the right to access quality dental care in post conflict northern Uganda.

Peer Counselors volunteering in their community
Peer Counselors volunteering in their community
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