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 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.

Jul 9, 2012

WGEF receives International WorkLife Balance Award

WGEF Wins International WorkLife Balance Award!

The award ceremony for this special event took place on Wednesday May 30th at the Auditorium Piazza
Lombardia in Milan in conjunction with the VII World Family Meeting held there between May 29th and June 3rd at the presence of Pope Benedict XVI.

The prestigious International WorkLife Award was created to mark the VII Global Family Meeting in 2012 to reward efforts all over the world that exemplify the best work-family conciliations adopted by companies, non-profit organizations and public administrations. These practices that conciliate work and family include all policies and initiatives regarding connections with local welfare and social policies for an overall aim to improve the business and social climate in their given communities to help create a balance between personal commitments, family life, and business associates/colleagues.

"There is no balance in life for families that don't have access to basic human services, food, clean water, health care, education and human security. Women's Global Empowerment Fund works with women in northern Uganda, a post conflict region. We help them recover and rebuild their lives after many years of unimaginable violence and poverty."  Karen Sugar, WGEF Founder/Director

Literacy 2012:

In April of 2012 our 5th year of literacy trainings began, serving 115 women. This year we are offering two levels, beginner and continuing students. This is an exciting accomplishment for WGEF and our clients! This critical program is possible in part because of the generosity of Global Giving donors!



We hope you are proud and inspired to be a part of Women's Global Empowerment Fund! Please continue to support critical, lifesaving programs for women and families in post conflict northern Uganda!

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