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.
Apr 28, 2014

First Quarter 2014

growing mushrooms in Gulu
growing mushrooms in Gulu

“Microcredit must not replace the role of the state in providing basic services and traditional forms of aid, which can further help to alleviate gaps in food security, health and education, but a microcredit loan may be the difference between hunger and the ability to feed one’s self.”  KS

To date WGEF has given out over 4500 loans, and this quarter we gave out 277 new loans to 43 borrowing groups. It is planting season, so many of our loans were for agro projects, which is helping to increase food security at the household and community level.

Our traditional businesses include: tailoring, construction, food service, restuarants, poultry, shops, and many other endeavors. The spirals of this are immeasureable; our clients are hiring employees, their families are experiencing increased food security, more consistent school attendance, and a brighter future.

Our average loan size last quarter was $53.00 usd; while this seems like a small amount, it can be powerful, creating opportunities. Before the loan is disbursed to the borroing group, the participants attend several business trainings, creating a viable business plan, savings plan, and electing leadership.

Recently there was a fire in the Gulu market. Eleven of our clients lost their businesses but thankfully no one was hurt. We are restructuring their loans and have assigned a peer counselor to assist.

Along with loan dibursements, WGEF is offering it's literacy training again, with 104 women participating this year at two levels, twice weekly.

I hope are you inspired, we cannot provide opporutnities without support and funding. Thank you for your commitment to women's empowerment.

agro project
agro project
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Apr 23, 2014

Literacy 2014 Begins....

literacy participant
literacy participant

"Microcredit alone, without social development programming, is limited in its ability to alleviate poverty. Poverty is a multifaceted issue and must be addressed within this context. Microfinance is not a panacea but a powerful tool that when bundled with social programming, can give women and their families increased control over their lives". - K Sugar

This is the philosophy of WGEF, and the basis of the Credit Plus model. Since the beginning, 2008, we have offered a literacy training program. To date we have had over 650 participate, and with the new year beginning in February, that number will increase to over 750! While we would like to expand the program, funding continues to be an issue, prohibiting us increasing capacity this year.

This program plays an intergral role for women recovering and rebuilding their lives in a post conflict region. Our clients are formerly abducted persons, child soldiers, sex slaves, and IDP's; they missed out on the opportunity to receive even a basic education and desire to learn. Understanding that literacy will help them in all aspects of their lives, business, personal, enabling women to communicate with their community leaders, people in authority, customers etc.

It also creates a powerful feeling of accomplishment, self esteem, and confidence. Thru this empowering program, we have had several women go on to run for public office, become advocates and leaders in their communities. Our goal is to provide meaninful and relevant programming, enabling women to be a force for rebuilding their lives and communities.

Our literacy program this year has 59 participants at the basic level, and 45 at level two instruction. This is the second year we have been able to offer two levels, and are hoping to include 50 additional women over the next few months. The trainings are twice weekly at several community centers, making it easier for women to attend. We also provide a meal, beverages, and child care for one child on Saturdays.

We hope you are inspired and continue to support this critical program, creating a brighter, more secure future for women and families.

Peace,

karen

group literacy center
group literacy center
classroom
classroom
Feb 20, 2014

Kikopo Pa Mon 2014

drama festival 2014 - elevating women
drama festival 2014 - elevating women's voices

Creating a voice for WOMEN Annual Event Report

Between 4th and 5th October 2013 WGEF hosted our 6th annual Community Dinner and Drama Festival, Creating a Voice for Women event in Gulu. At the community dinner we hosted 125 registered guests, and another 40 staff, volunteers and performers in attendance for our WOMEN4Peace Awarding ceremony.  This far exceeded our target goal of 100 attendees. Our keynote speakers, WGEF Founder Karen Sugar and Mr. Daniel Komakech made presentations about the Resilience, Agency and innovation of Northern Ugandan women which kicked off a lively discussion about women’s role in sustaining peace.  We awarded Amony Evelyn Naima and Aol Josephine for this year’s WOMEN4 Peace awards.  Both gave very moving speeches.  This year’s awardees truly enhance the quality of life for women and children. Their passion is inspiring and we hope that by awarding their tireless efforts, they will continue to foster motivation and inspire the younger generation to contribute towards consolidating peace security and democracy in Northern Uganda.  

Our day long Drama Festival event on Saturday, October 5th was equally a huge success.  We had 150 participants who performed in drama, Dance, and gave testimony.  They represented 7 Sub-counties. We were able to conduct 114 HCT, 93 Cervical Cancer screenings, and 5 IUD implants. These services were offered for free and we were able to offer tests many of our festival participants, including some men.

In addition, we had the a great number of community members turn up, including children who continuously participate and watch their mothers carrying the flag to challenge structural roles in the end we will see a change in perception in the community as children grow up participating. In total 360 participants attended our day Kikopo Pa Mon event, 11 community based organization supported the Event both in Kind and monetary terms.

This year's festival and community dinner were both inspiring and critical in recognizing the work of women, not only in their communities but their important role in conflict resolution. These events provide a platform for elevating women's voices and we are committed to continuing this annual event.

ACHIEVEMENTS

  •         The turn up was good
  •         The awards were given to the winners
  •         All the key invited persons including the invited guests turned up for the event
  •         The resources were enough for the people especially in terms of feeding
lunchtime entertainment....
lunchtime entertainment....

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