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.
Sep 18, 2013

Microfinance Elevates Women's Voices!

agro project
agro project

As you know, WGEF is more than a microfinance endeavor; we elevate women's voices! We reject the status quo of accepted levels of violence and poverty women face and strive to give women and their families the tools and support they need to address inequality in the economic, social and political sphere. Perhaps best put by one of WGEF’s clients, Grace Kevin, expressing her experience as a program client:

“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 will never be silent again.”

-Grace Kevin, WGEF client 

Our Credit Plus program has given 3400+ microcredit loans, basic business training and opportunities to participate in development programs. We made our first loan in October, 2007 and since April, 2008, have experienced rapid growth. Our reputation in the community indicates that we have a meaningful, solid, fair program, resulting in new groups applying weekly. Several indicators highlight the success of this program and where we are at this point in time. One, we have had no defaults or missed payments; two, many groups have applied for a fourth and fifth loan to expand and grow their businesses, some women are hiring assistants and employees from their villages; three, we have received very positive feedback from community leaders, our clients, and have received  extensive press coverage; and four, we have had fantastic turnouts for our reproductive health training in May, and the 5th annual Kikopo Pa Mon Gulu, Creating a Voice for Women in Gulu, drama festival in October, 2012.  

Due to the positive response and overwhelming success of Kikopo Pa Mon Gulu, it has become a regional and nationally recognized event. By encouraging the idea of traditional music, dance, and drama in the local language, the culture of the area would be preserved, and the relevance of these issues to the community would be elevated. We would like to invite you to share our excitment as we prepare for our 6th annual Kikopo Pa Mon Gulu, celebrating the theme Women, a force for peace, security and democracy!

Thank you so much for your continued support and kindness. We look forward to sharing the exciting events of these coming months with you as we work together to fight poverty and inequality.

animal husbandry
animal husbandry
businesswoman and community leader
businesswoman and community leader
Sep 17, 2013

Debating the issues...

Literacy class
Literacy class

The opportunity to read and write is one the most critical and transformative opportunities we provide. Most of our clients missed out on the opportunity when they were young due to the ongoing conflict. This year we were able to offer two levels of literacy classes, providing participants the opportunity to further study. 

Our 2013 class is coming to a close, with classes beginning again in February 2014. This year our literacy students are planning to host a debate on 'educating girls' and the value of education for women. This debate will offer the community a chance to learn about our program and the the issues surrounding literacy and education for women. In addition, this is a unique event, created by WGEF clients, enabling them to use their skills, build confindence and work together to address inequality in the educational system. 

"Other than improving my economic status, through the literacy program I learnt how to read and write, the event also made me discover my talents in drama and the other performances which made me very happy and in the end my health was also improved."  - WGEF client

To date WGEF has provided over 600 women literacy training. This training enables women to create a brighter, more secure futures for themselves and their families. When a woman learns to read and write her life changes and possibilities are created. 

Jul 29, 2013

It's On!

moving forward thru dance and theatre
moving forward thru dance and theatre

It's on! Our 6th annual drama festival, Creating a Voice for Women, Kikopo Pa Mon will be held on October 6th. This years theme is: Women, a force for peace security and democracy!

Every year WGEF hosts an important, regional event, elevating women's voices. The festival provides a stigma-free environment in which to talk about sensitive and critical subject matters; promotes unity, team building and offers women the opportunity to be creative and innovative and highlighting the power of theatre and storytelling.

By encouraging the idea of traditional music, dance, and drama in the local language, the culture of the area would be preserved, and the relevance of these issues to the community would be elevated. Due to the positive response and overwhelming success of the event, Women’s Global is committed to hosting Kikopo Pa Mon annually.

Storytelling, dance and song, is not just entertainment, but an effective way of communication and discussion. WGEF clients work together to create dramas that highlite challenges they face in their lives and communities. Creating a mechanism for conversation and discussion. This relevant mechanism enable women's voices to be elevated, challenging entrenched patriarchy, inequality and injustice.

The event is attended by hundred of people from around the region and country; tribal leaders, elected officials, community leaders and citizens gather to see and listen to women, creating new ways forward and addressing challenges. The performances are inspiring; women begin writing, producing, creating costumes, sets in the summer all leading up to a fantastic and meaningful community, regional event.

I hope you are inspired, and support this important effort. Thank you for your commitment to women's empowerment!

Karen

official guest
official guest
Grace
Grace

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