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 18, 2016

Lofty Goals...

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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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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

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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
 
   

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