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.
Feb 9, 2016

2015 Overview

WGEF client and candidate for office!
WGEF client and candidate for office!

2015 was an important year for WGEF and the womena and families we served. We were able to provide over 1800 new loans and business training, enabling women to create and build sustainable businesses and livelihoods. Thru sustainable economic development women and their families can access basic human services and education.

We were able to provide 216 women the opportunity to learn to read and write. This basic human right, creates empowerment and self confidence. Women report this program is critical and meaningful, allowing them to live with dignity. 

We empowerment women thru our leadership development initiatives; fully funding our Access to Justice Initiative and supporting women to become community leaders and candidates for office. WGEF is proud that 10 women are running for elected local and regional office across northern Uganda. Ugandan elections will be on Feb. 16th, 2016. 

While we have given our 6000 loans to date, we still believe that change is created one woman at a time...every donation from Global Giving helps us provide not only an average loan of $48 but includes literacy and leadership development training. We believe that women are natural leaders and must have a seat at the policy table. 

In 2016, we are moving forward with our Healthy Period Initiative (see www.wgefund.org for more info); provide larger loans for groups with bigger dreams and business ideas. We are going to work to open a regional resource center for women in Gulu, Uganda, ensuring women can easily access the critical information needed to live with dignity and equality. 

We hope you are inspired and want to be a part of our revolution...

Peace, 

Karen

Business training
Business training
agriculture project
agriculture project
New literacy student
New literacy student

Attachments:
Nov 19, 2015

Field Report November 2015

Greetings from Gulu! 
 
On Tuesday, we traveled to Lapin Loyo; after very challenging roads we arrived to be greeted by over 50 WGEF clients who live in the village & work/study together at our training centre. While discussing the literacy program, I asked how it impacted their lives and made them feel; here is the one quote which will make your day and remind you of why you working with WGEF: 
 
"Before I was blind, now I can see" Anek said she now could write her own name and she was proud. I asked her to share: 
 
This was a powerful and moving moment, which will stay with me always...I hope you are inspired. 
 
Peace, 
Karen
Nov 6, 2015

Moving forward....

A literacy participant shares...
A literacy participant shares...

Women are on the move in Gulu. This has been an inspiring 3 quarters, with over 1000+ loans given thru October of this year & 216 literacy participants. While in Gulu I was able to visit many clients on their farms, at their businesses and in the new market, which opening while I was in Gulu in early October.

We have a group of women in Acet who are operating a dairy; Josephine has a tilapia farm, others are growing rice, cassava, beans, and raising livestock. I was delighted to see the scope and sustainability of these projects, which are not only addressing food and economic security at the household level, but at the community and regional level as well.

In addition to the economic activity, I was inspired by other critical aspects of our program.  The Access to Justice Team is creating a viable and meaningful operation. Since our training last fall, they have implemented a 24/7 hotline for women experiencing a breakage in the justice chain; created a referral system for accessing legal aid, medical and other vital services.  They spoke to me of cases they have been involved with, including cases concerning children and sexual violence.  See the attached photo of the AJ office (featured are Chairperson Prisca and Secretary Sylvia).  WGEF will continue to provide office space and support in 2016.

WGEF is proud to report that 7 of our clients are running for political office in February 2016. As a direct result of our Leadership Development Initiative and the courage and resiliency of our clients, women are leading in their communities and contesting for a ‘seat at the table’.  The offices range from local council to regional council offices. WGEF continues our LDI with a training in Citizen Journalism in October 2016. We believe that women are natural leaders and agents of change for peace, justice and equality.

This year our 8th annual drama festival, Creating a Voice for Women, focused on Women and Gender Equity in Civic Participation. This topic, chosen by our clients and leadership, reflects the desire of women to rebuild their communities and lead their nation.  See attached photos and video clips, enjoy!

Our hope is that you’re inspired by our clients, program and what is possible. We know that we cannot do this work without you, so thank you for your support and encouragement.

Peace,

Karen and Bukenya 

community meeting with WGEF and clients...
community meeting with WGEF and clients...
first day in the new Gulu market..
first day in the new Gulu market..
lunch at the dairy...
lunch at the dairy...
Josephine
Josephine's tilapia farm project...
Singing group at the 8th annual drama festival...
Singing group at the 8th annual drama festival...
 

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