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.
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."
Poverty is the result of inequality in many spheres, and while microfinance can be an effective tool at alleviating extreme poverty, WGEF believes there must be a political dimension in order to address systemic inequality preventing women from reaching their potential and leading dignified lives.
Our Credit Plus provides women with microloans, business trainings but focuses on three additional areas of social capital building: literacy, leadership development and health initiatives. In 2013 our focus will be on creating programs that expand economic opportunities, liberty, and political participation. To date we have given over 3300 loans, providing women an opportunity to create a brighter, more secure future for themselves and their families. Our average loan size is $57, this small amount enables women to start a viable business or a project. We have a 100% repayment rate. Please visit our website for more info, www.wgefund.org. Thank you for your support and commitment to women's empowerment and social justice.
We live in a chaotic, tumultuous world, and during theholidays it may seem even more so. One thing is constant: the desire forsecurity, peace and justice. These are lofty ideals, many times clouded byviolence, politics and greed, but at the end of the day they are worth fightingfor and that is our goal. To work for social justice, sustainable humandevelopment, increased food security and women’s empowerment.
Food security and the rising prices of food staples are,and should be, main concerns for WGEF, NGO’s and all who believe in economicjustice. The past few years, global food prices have eclipsed previous global highs andcontinue to climb. This is a multifaceted issue, which requires a completetransformation of global agriculture policy. Access to healthy food sources isa human right, not a luxury. For the planet’s poorest 2 billion people, risingfood prices means going from two meals a day to one or none. This createsextreme poverty, human insecurity and violence.
WGEF is addressing this critical issue by focusing on our agriculture program, providing loans andtools for women farmers and farm workers. Our focus for 2013 is leadershipdevelopment and food security: growing our agriculture program, supporting thenew Gulu Women’s Agriculture Union, and promoting and training women to becomeleaders and advocates in their community.
As we move forward into our 5th year and beyond, our program continuesto be transformative, provocative and relevant. We hope you are inspired andcontinue to support WGEF and the women we serve in northern Uganda. Pleasecontact me with questions or conversation, 303.520.7656.
Peace and love to you and your family this holiday season!
Karen Sugar, Founder and Director
WGEF’s2011 Wish List!
During this holiday season, you can support WGEF bydonating the following much-needed items:
1) Help us fund the Access to Justice Initiative, providing critical information on human and legal rights; including addressing gender bias and breakages in the justice chain, solutions, and resources. (See GG project)
2) Tractor- $2500 to be used collectively by WGEF farmers and union members – owned andoperated by GWAU (Gulu Women’s Agricultural Union). (See GG project)
3) LiteracyProgram - $10,000 – increase our capacity to 200 women, enabling 100 additionalto join this program! (See GG project)
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
Women's Global continues to strengthen northern Ugandan communities, supporting the advancement of women thru micro-financing, education and critical programs for women and families recovering from war, violence and extreme poverty. To date we have provided more than 3200+business loans; 500 women have participated in our literacy program since 2008 and on October 6th we will host our 5th annual drama festival, Creating a Voice for Women, enabling women to use drama and theater to tell their stories and challenge their communities, with no stigma attached.
Women ready for loans and training in August 2012:
She wants to open a Retail Shop; Ayoo is a 46 year-old widow supporting 7 children. Loan amount: $61 USD
She wants to open a Bakery; Siliva is 31 years old is married with 3 children. She needs: $49 USD!
She wants to open a Retail Shop; she is 32 years old, married with 4 children, loan amount: $73 USD!
She wants to invest in agriculture; Apoto is 41 years old, and a widow supporting 6 children, Ag loan: $81 USD.
Charity is no substitute for justice – Michael Eric Dyson
The mission of Women’s Global Empowerment Fund is to reach women recovering from conflict and violence in northern Uganda through micro-finance loans and education programs creating opportunities while strengthening families and communities.
Our strategy is to provide women with the framework necessary to create viable opportunities for themselves and their families. Through grassroots strategies, marginalized women are given the tools necessary to alleviate poverty thus facilitating sustainable development and empowerment. Our goal is to work for social justice and increased human security.
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