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.
Jul 5, 2016

Building Capacity In 2016...

In 2016, we are continuing to provide two levels on literacy trainings for our clients; this year our goal is offer the opportunity to 400+ women. 

Over the last 8 years, we have seen over 1100 women participate in our literacy program and the impact is undeniable. Women report they experience increased self esteem, are now able to communicate better in community and official settings, advocate for themselves, and help their children with their homework. 

Basic education is a human right, not a luxury only for some; WGEF intends to grow and continue the program. This is only possible with the help of our donors. LIteracy participants attend classes twice weekly for 8 months; we have 7 teachers and 3 assists retained, with WGEF peer counselors also working with students. We have 5 literacy centers covering the norther region. 

"I used to be blind, but now I can see" Anek, WGEF litereacy participant. Many of our clients missed out on the opportunity to learn basic reading and writing skills during the long civil conflict; now women are rebuilding and recoering their lives and communities. This is only possible with a focus on basic literacy skills and continuing opporutnities. 

With the help of Global Giving donors, we will continue to build capacity and offier access to education and opportunities. 

Peace, 

Karen

Jun 7, 2016

Rebuilding families and communities...

The Healthy Periods Initiative group photo
The Healthy Periods Initiative group photo

Greetings, 

In 2016 our goal is to build capacity in our microfinance and literacy programs. As the region continues to recover and build we are moving forward with the opening of Gulu Women's Resource Center (GWRC), a one stop center providing support, information and referral services to women, families and the region. This center will house our Access to Justice team, Citizen Journalists, and our Peer Counselors. GWRC will provide the community with public space, enabling community members to gather, discuss and find solutions to challenges and inequalities. 

Our Healthy Periods Initiative (HPI) seeks to address the challenges and injustice around mentrual health. We have created a microfinance and health initiative around the creation of a sanitary product which will be affordable, accessible, and relevant for women and girls. Our pilot project is underway (see photos) with the goal of being fully operational by mid-summer. Our pilot project group is made up of young mother; 16-18 women in need of economic opportunity and support. This project has incredible social and economic implications, and is one of our most important new projects. 

This year WGEF will provide over 400 women the opportunity to participate in our literacy program. To date we have had over 1150 women go thru our program and we seeking to double our offering this year. Literacy and basic education is a human right, this is not 'charity' but a life changing program that addresses the right of all people to an education. 

First quarter of 2016 saw WGEF provide 812 new loans, including 317 agro loans; these loans enable women and families to lead dignified, productive and creative lives. Our robust agriculture program is addressing food insecurity in a meaningful and highly impactul way. 

While microfinance is the cornerstone of our program, we believe it is only one component in addressing the complexities of poverty and injustice. In the latest national elections WGEF had 10 clients contesting for elected offie with 5 of them winning! What makes our program unique is our focus on literacy, leadership development, and a 'rights based' approach to development. We hope you are inspired and continue to support WGEF! 

Thank you for your commitment to women's empowerment...

Karen

In the HPI lab, May 2016
In the HPI lab, May 2016
The new home of GWRC
The new home of GWRC
WGEF client at her business
WGEF client at her business
"I was blind, but now I can see" literacy impact
"I was blind, but now I can see" literacy impact
10 WGEF clients ran for elected office in 2016!
10 WGEF clients ran for elected office in 2016!

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Feb 18, 2016

Lofty Goals...

Sharing
Sharing

Greetings! 

In October of 2016, I had the privlige of visiting with a large group of our clients. About 40 women come together for a community meeting a a village just outside Gulu. While the distance was challenging the roads were, and what should have taken 20 minutes or so, took an hour to get into this village. 

When we arrived the women were rehearing for the presentation in the upcoming drama festival, held every year in Gulu. We host this annual festival to enable women a stigma free environment to challenge their community to listen and recognize the role and issues facing women and families. It is also an important cultural celebration. 

When everyone was seated, the leader of the group, Vicki, welcomed us. I then had the chance to ask women about their lives, work and how the program has impacted them and their families. Many of the women shared their stories of creating successful businesses, agro projects, enabling them to send their children to school. They also spoke about increasing food security, participation in their communities and increased respect at home. 

Several women mentioned the importnace of the literacy program; suggesting it has improvied their self esteem and capabilities to run their businesses, interact with the public and pariticpate in their communities. 

One women stood up and said, "I used to be blind, but now I can see." Her name was Anek, and she told us she had just learned to write her name. It was a hubling and emotional moment for everyone. I then asked her if she would mind sharing with us; there was a chalkboard nearby. Anek rose, walked to the chalkboard and wrote her name. 

While seemingly simple, it was life changing for her, and many others. This is the power of our literacy program; the Credit Plus program and what is possible for women recovering and rebuilding their lives. Apprciating the small steps as well as the big, understanding that empowerment comes in many ways. 

This year we want to provide 400 women the opporutnity to read and write, and while this is a big undertaking, I believe we can be successful. We hope you are inspired and support our literacy program in 2016. 

Peace, 

Karen

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Rehearsal

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