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.
Dec 26, 2013

Credit Plus end of year report: creating opportunities in 2013!

Growing mushrooms outside of Gulu
Growing mushrooms outside of Gulu

WGEF's Credit Plus program in Gulu, northern Uganda is successfully creating economic activity and social capital opportunities for women and families! This year we have given hundreds of traditional and agriculture loans providing women a way to rebuild and recover their lives. Our program is unique among interventions; we offer our clients literacy, leadership development, and health initiatives, at no cost enabling them to fully participate in their communities, building self esteem and confidence. Below are client quotes from our 2013 survey: 

L.R.

While in the program life was much easier because my children had enough food, my capital was bigger and I did not have to ask other relatives to support me

A.Y.

WGEF's loan is much more better compare to others; WGEF also does not give loan but important educational programs and through these, her life has changed.

O.F.

I have learned how to do business (keeping records) how to stay with people, save money and I was able to build some courage to making good decision in my family.

P.A.

The loan and the training I got from the office has really helped me to increase in my business and able to decide for myself when problems arise.

A.A.

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.

Our program is critical in this post conflict region and even more so now, due to the crisis in S. Sudan; northern Uganda is receiving many refugees, creating more need and pressure on services. Increasing economic activity and our loan portfolio is more important than ever, and we appreciate your support and encouragement! 

Our average loan size is $55; we continue to have a 100% repayment rate, and our farmers a doing outstanding work at increasing food security at the household and community level. We hope you are inspired by our clients and what is possible....

Peace and love in the New Year! 

Karen

a baker shows us her oven...
a baker shows us her oven...
Mango grove, bananas, papayas too!
Mango grove, bananas, papayas too!
farming, literacy and trainings!
farming, literacy and trainings!
Dec 20, 2013

end of year report....

literacy 2013
literacy 2013

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."  Nelson Mandela

The first time I sat in on our literacy program in 2008, the women were singing and chanting Mandela's name. At that time I was still learning about Africa, it's history and political landscape, the culture; what I quickly learned was that Nelson Mandela was an important figure for all of Africa. His courage and commitment to his fellow Africans serves as an inspiration and continued light as to what is possible. 

The answers for Africa, and northern Uganda, will come from Africans, engaged and informed citizens. A critical component to the future of the people of northern Uganda is education and community participation. When people have a stake, a voice in their communities, futures, amazing things happen. 

While in Uganda in October, I witnessed the desire of women to learn. I sat in on one of our satelite programs in a burned out structure sitting on the floor, with 20 or so women armed with pencils and paper, ready to learn, committed to creating a brighter future. It was inspiring and re-invigorated my commitment to our literacy program. 

To ensure we are providing relevant and meaningful opportunities, WGEF will continue our literacy program, committed to ensuring women have an opportunity to learn and develop. This year we served over 140 women with two levels of literacy training for 8 months. We are hoping to include even more participants in 2014, but that is only possible with the ongoing commitment of the Global Giving community. 

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

Peace, 

Karen 

the loan and literacy group
the loan and literacy group
Nov 4, 2013

6th Annual Festival a Success!

celebrating culture and tradition
celebrating culture and tradition

October 2013

Creating a voice for WOMEN Annual Event Report

Between 4th and 5th October 2013 WGEF, and our community partners, 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

 

CHALLENGES

  • The numbers of people who turned up was over those invited and this created a budget stretch
  • The visitors came late for the event and this interfered with the schedule for our program
  • Resource mobilization was not very successful since most partners were not able to provide support due to so many reasons

 

 

 

littlest participant
littlest participant

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