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.
Sep 19, 2012

My story....

Success story

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

Jul 30, 2012

Literacy part II

In 2012 WGEF created a two-tiered literacy class. With the help of Global Giving donors, we are offering women who have participated in the past, wanting to further their literacy training the opportunity to attend level two classes. We have 100 women participating, learning skills, creating a brighter future. Literacy is extremely important to our clients, many of whom are formerly abducted child soldiers, sex slaves and former IDP's. When a woman learns to read and write, her whole world opens up....

As we head into the second half of our schedule, we are hopeful donors will continue to support our literacy program; we want to include 25 additional women in the beginning class and are hopeful we can make that happen. As part of our program participants will be hosting a debate, highlighting new abilities, addressing the issues of educating women and girls. This event will occur in conjunction with our annual drama festival in October.

Say 'Yes' to literacy, empowerment and equality! Thank you for your commitment to social justice and women's empowerment!

Jul 30, 2012

Focus on Women!

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:

Ayoo Rose

She wants to open a Retail Shop; Ayoo is a 46 year-old widow supporting 7 children. Loan amount:  $61 USD

Oulanya Siliva

She wants to open a Bakery; Siliva is 31 years old is married with 3 children. She needs: $49 USD!

Anyeko Christine

She wants to open a Retail Shop; she is 32 years old, married with 4 children, loan amount: $73 USD!

Apoto Erotensia

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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