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.
Mar 7, 2017

Amplifying Women's Voices!

Community Mobilization!
Community Mobilization!

Greetings! 

One of the founding priciples of WGEF, is our commitment to amplifying women's voices thru leadership development trainings and opportunities. So in addition ot having given over 10,000 loans, creating thousands of businesses in the post conflict region of northern Uganda, we have had 11 women run for political office over the last 8 eight years. We have 22 peer couselors and Access to Justice team members making a difference, helping to navigate incredibly sensitive and challenging issues for women and families. 

At Women's Global, we're looking forward to another exciting year full of opportunities and new partnerships. Women’s Global is impacting the community by providing an opportunity for sustainable human development. Our commitment in 2017 includes:

  • Provide 2,500 new loans in 2017, serving more women in vulnerable rural districts.
  • Provide 1,500 women the opportunity to participate in our literacy program (4x participant increase).
  • Maintain a portfolio including 30% agro loans, as local food production is the most effective and sustainable way to address food security issues.
  • Ensure safe and dignified supplies to the most vulnerable through the Healthy Period Initiative (HPI), enabling a 4x greater output.
  • Expand HPI into 2 new schools and serving girls under 18 in nearby refugee camps on the South Sudan border.
  • Host a weekly community radio program, highlighting challenges and successes for women in the community. 
  • Continue to expand outreach through Gulu Women's Resource Centre.

Gulu Women's Resource Centre is a hub of activity and advocacy, here is an example of a recent campaign to ban a dangerous alcoholic substance, creating havoc and death in Gulu District and the surrounding area. Here is an excerpt from a newspaper article (see link below): 

Cheap, Deadly Booze Killing Uganda's Future

Women's Global leaders, including the Peer Counselors & Access to Justice teams, lead an effort to mobilize their community and protect their families. Citizen advocacy is critical in creating change - be inspired! 

http://www.monitor.co.ug/OpEd/Editorial/Cheap--deadly-booze-killing-Uganda-s-future/689360-3796098-iymwal/index.html 

Thank you for your support of WGEF and commitment to equality and justice. 

Peace, 

Karen

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Mar 7, 2017

Building Capacity in 2017!

Literacy Class
Literacy Class

Greetings! 

Welcome to our literacy program in 2017; you may not recognize it as our goal this year is to provide 1500 women with the opportunity to participate in our literacy program. While this is a lofty goal, we are working hard to raise the necessary funds to make this happen. If you believe that all people have the right to a basic education, please join us, and contribute to our effort. 

As we head into our 10th year, we are more committed to this program having witnessed the impact and success of WGEF's literacy project. Here is an excerpt from my 2016 field notes: 

“I used to be blind, but now I can see” – Anek, WGEF literacy participant, Gulu

It was a short statement, but spoken slowly, with intention, directed at me. I had the opportunity to visit with a group of women in a more rural village outside of Gulu, many were participants in our literacy program and we had gathered beneath the shade of a jackfruit tree. I asked the group what programs were most meaningful and the program had changed their lives.  The woman, Anek, stood as she spoke. I asked if she would share with us what she has learned. She walked to the blackboard propped against the tree, picked up a piece of chalk – and carefully wrote her name across the smudged slate. I watched this, sitting on a small wooden bench, tears falling. This seemingly tiny moment is what my work and WGEF is all about.

It may seem like the smallest of moments, but it was so big, raw, honest and human. This is what we (WGEF) do: create humanity, in a space where it had once been extinguished.

I hope you are inspired and continue to support WGEF. Thank you for your commitment to women's empowerment!

Peace,

Karen  

Computer Lab
Computer Lab
Nov 7, 2016

Literacy update 2016

Learning and Leading - WGEF Clients
Learning and Leading - WGEF Clients

I believe we need to change the titile of this project as our literacy program has grown! This year we have provided 411 women literacy opportunities. This includes two leves, twice a week, with lunch and childcare! Yay! 

Our goals going forward are to reach 1000 women next year, but we cannot do that without your continued help! Literacy is a human right, and the women of northern Uganda missed out on the opportunity to learn because of the long and brutal conflict. WGEF is committed to growing the literacy program, continuing to support and empower women to rebuild and recover their lives and communities. 

This will be our 9th year of literacy trainings and there is not a more important program. This past October while visiting a literacy class, a woman stood up and read a paragraph from a book. This was a moving and poignant moment highlighting the confindence and self-esteem enabled thru the dignity of being literate. 

Please enjoy the photos below and thank you for your commitment to women's empowerment! 

Peace, 

Karen

Literacy Group, October 2016
Literacy Group, October 2016
 
   

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