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 20, 2013

Removing Obstacles...

As women in northern Uganda rebuild and recover their lives and communities, it is critical to support community based projects and institutuions. There is not a more important system or institution than justice. Without access to a functioning and fair judicial system, women, and all citizens, face increased persecution, violence and voicelessness. 

WGEF strives to elevate women's voices, supporting community based programs that focus on equality and human security. Our Leadership Development Programs are critical to addressing systemic inequities and further marginalization providing women the mechanisms necessary to have a voice in policy development.

To address violence against women, gender bias, inequality, and gaps in the justice chain for women, this initiative strives to provide the critical information and resources, enabling women to know their legal and human rights within the justice system. 

Goals of the initiative are: 

*Define and address discrimination within the justice system

*Create an action plan; using grassroots organizing strategies, exploring formal/informal mechanisms (hotline, peace huts)

*Ensure government is held accountable for enforcement/impact of laws-oversight mechanisms

Our goal is to host the 3 day training in October 2013, and are continuing to raise funds for the project. So far we have been able to develop the curriculum and training agenda. The support of our Global Giving community is critical to our success and all contributions are greatly appreciated.

WGEF believes that women are natural leaders, and when given opportunities and access will be a transformative force for peace, democracy, security and equality.

Peace,

Karen

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Jun 19, 2013

What can you do with $57?

Sisterhood
Sisterhood

The average WGEF microcredit loan is $57. This loan enables a woman to start a business, expand her business, feed her family, participate in her community and create virtuous spirals of possibilities....

To date WGEF has given over 3300 loans, with a 100% repayment rate, enabling us to continue to loan money and create new entreprenuers. Businesses include, selling produce, goods in the market, food service, small restaurants, hotels, tailoring, quarry work, beauty salons, construction, and many other viable cottage endeavors. In addition, we have given out over 240 agriculture loans, creating small/medium scale women farmers; increasing food security at the household and community level. Our agro loan program has been a great success and an important part of a healthy recovery for the northern region. 

Your donation is more than just a loan, it is a lifeline to increased economic and human security, hear from one of our clients: 

"As a mother of seven I had no idea about how my life would be after the impact of the LRA War. I was abducted at the age of six and returned with two children, I hardly knew what to do with my life because my parents were gone. After a few years I met a man whom I thought would provide me with all the security I needed, all was a myth because he kept beating me each time I asked for money and whenever he came home drunk causing even more pain and suffering. With all the pain I wanted to return to the bush where life was much easier but whenever I looked at my children I felt they needed me because no one could look after them after I was gone. It was then that I started growing vegetables and selling but the money was not even enough to cater for our upkeep because my husband could even take it away from me.

I had one problem after the other, with no one to turn to but one day I met a group of Women Benefiting from WGEF, after several days, a peer counselor shared with me a lot about what I was going through and introduced me to the Program, due to my low self esteem I feared to be among other women but gradually I gained the courage.

 My life has now changed not only because of the loans but also the trainings that I received. I managed to start up a business and a live stock project which is helping me pay school fees and other basic needs; I also bought a bicycle from the profits which has eased the transportation of my products to the market. At this point the relationship within my family has improved and we are working together to provide for our family, people in my community now respect me and I am now even a community leader, something I thought wasn’t meant for me. At last I have the hope that was long gone."

 “Please fellow women, do not think whatever you went through or are going through cannot change – we can rise above poverty once equipped with the right tools”

“Akello Beatrice – Bungatira”  God Bless WGEF 

Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to equality and women's empowerment! 

Peace, 

Karen 

Jun 19, 2013

Literacy is a basic human right....

Grace Kevin, WGEF client and bebe
Grace Kevin, WGEF client and bebe

Access to basic education is a human right and a milenium development goal. WGEF is committed to continuing to provide literacy and educational opportunities to women recoving their lives and communities in northern Uganda. Women report that not only does learning to read and write increase their economic opportunities, but also translates into better communication and less violence in their homes; it enables them to paricipate in their childrens education, and tears down elitist barriers. 

Here is a quote from one of our clients: 

"My name is Grace Arach, 29 years old, I have 3 children and a member of Kwo Aye Lonyo women group, I joined WGEF in 2008 and together with my members we have received 5 loan cycles. I sell fruits in the market and do some agriculture for home consumption. It was my first time to join any loan program and I feel preveraged to be part of the WGEF.  I receive only 80,000shs $40 as my first loan which I invested in fruits as of now I have 300,000 $160 in my capital which I have raised through my saving and profits. I m 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.....

After repaying our first loan I realized to have saved 12,000 $8 it was my first achievement in my life and it made me to believe in myself, we requested for the second loan until now we are still getting loans and training from the program.

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... 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."

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

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