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 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! 

Apr 22, 2013

Looking Forward: Kikopo Pa Mon 2013

On stage
On stage

Poverty is the result of inequality in multiple spheres. To address poverty, inequality must be included in the conversation. WGEF believes that elevating women's voices and providing a safe vehicle to address challenges is critical to increasing human security and women's empowerment. Every year, WGEF hosts Kikopo Pa Mon, Creating a Voice for Women, enabling women a stigma free environment to challenge their communities to step up and do better, promoting equality and justice. Last year the participants focused on Women's Role in Peacebuilding in northern Uganda. Every year women choose the topic according to what challenges they face. This year, in June, women will begin to organize and create the event. It is critical that we are fully funded to enable all who wish to participate a chance and create an event that is relevant and meaningful. To learn more, check out the included video, Voices of Courage! Thank you for your support and commitment to women's empowerment! Peace, Karen

drama!
drama!
celebrating culture
celebrating culture

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Mar 12, 2013

Credit Plus Works!

WGEF client and family in the market
WGEF client and family in the market

The Credit Plus program creates sustainable human development. By focusing not only on economic activity, but critical educational and political opportunities as well, enable women and families to increase human security and empowerment. 

We have made over 3300 hundred loans, 500+ women have learned to read and write, 5 women ran for political office in 2011 with 3 successful. Poverty is the result of inequality in multiple spheres, WGEF addresses inequality by focusing on the social and political dimensions critical to systemic change. 

We have not lost a loan, I believe this in due in part to the program, staff and integrity of women, wanting to create a brighter future for themselves and their families. 

As we move forward into our 6th year and beyond, our program continues to be transformative, provocative and relevant.  We hope you are inspired and continue to support WGEF and the women we serve in northern Uganda.

Client Quote:

My hope is back! And I have no worries now, my children will appreciate and I have started receiving thank you notes from them. Sarah said to me “thank mother for being there for us all the time even when things were hard during the war, Mumy I have learnt a lot from you and I promise I will be a perfect Mum like you in future”.  I cried because of joy and happiness that my daughter brought into 

"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 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."

WGEF clients - quarry businesses are popular
WGEF clients - quarry businesses are popular

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