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.
Aug 24, 2015

Summer and the Work Continue....

Learners in Class...
Learners in Class...

Greetings! 

This year our goal is to continue to grow and expand opportunity for adult literacy leaning to more women in Gulu. 216 women are participating at 2 learning centers in Gulu. Our program is reflective to the needs of women in the community and offers children the opportunity for early child development. 

For the month of July women participate only once a week to allow them time to attend their agro businesses and gardens in this weeding period. 

Impact on Beneficiaries:  

  • The training has improved social communication for learners working in markets, they bargain well with their customers which has reduced on loses in their business and improved income.
  • Women are participating in other social programs provided by the government which has e improved their participation in policy formulation at lower levels hence fostering leadership development among learners at this time in Uganda there are country wide consultation for many political aspirants for the upcoming general election early next year in Feb 2016 women are participating in this process and they can present their proposals.
  • All learners can read and write their names, they can read this has built their self esteem
  • The basic business skills (business planning, and marketing). 2 model functional learning field have been set where women in the program experiment on best agro  practices which include fruit and vegetable  growing this has improved household income and nutrition all learners has a model garden at their homes.

"Illiteracy disempowered me for a long time, and almost killed my ambitions as it does for many women in our community, for long I could not tell my views always feared but this is no more. When you learn so many things changes in your life a feel of being important, and the willingness to stop self isolation is what I have discovered and I'm a happier and powerful woman than ever before."         -Mary, WGEF Client

We hope you are inspired and will continue to support this critical, empowering project. Thank you for your commitment to social justice and women's empowerent. 

Peace, 

Karen and Bukenya

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Okeny, participant
Mary Okeny, participant
Joy!
Joy!

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Jul 2, 2015

Summer Update from Gulu!

Training
Training

Greetings!

Each new season brings a renewed sense of hope and possibilities. In 2015, Women's Global clients are seizing every opportunity to rebuild and recover their lives. Women are busy planting, whether it is in the family or community gardens or agro projects providing a diversity of food, economic activity, and addressing food insecurity within the region.

A new market recently opened in Gulu, with better infrastructure and security, enabling businesses to grow and thrive. The new facility brings an increased cost of doing business; our staff have been busy providing trainings and support to women entering this new market, making sure they have the tools necessary to meet the costs and expand opportunities.

We are proud to share that through the first quarter of 2015, we have given outover 230 new loans to 23 borrowing groups. Your support helps us to provide more loans to the women in our program! 

 

This year 216 women will participate in our literacy program. We have two centers to serve our clients, with classes being held twice weekly, including lunch, child care and materials. Once again we are able to offer two levels, providing a more comprehensive opportunity! 

In addition, we have 7 women contesting for regional poltical office in February 2016 and our leadership development initiative this year is Citizen Journalism and Engagement. On October 2 & 3, we will be hosting our 8th annual Creating a Voice for Women Drama Festival and Community Events. Stay tuned for details and information. 

 

We hope you continue to be inspired by our work and accomplishments; we have new initiatives beginning this year and look forward to catching up with you again soon.


Thank you for your support and commitment to women’s empowerment!

Literacy participant
Literacy participant
Training
Training

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Apr 24, 2015

Spring Literacy Update!

Literacy participant
Literacy participant

April 2015

Spring has arrived, and so has WGEF’s literacy program in Gulu! This year we are able to provide 216 women with literacy training. This is increase in participation is due in part to our wonderful donors on Global Giving!

We have two training centers (see photos) with women attending classes twice weekly, including lunch and childcare for one child. The program last for 8 months culminating with a debate by students on the critical need and rights of educating girls and women.

Often times in many parts of the world women are not able to access education, skills, and basic human services. While this varies from place to place, village to village and country to country, it is due to inequality and poverty. WGEF is committed to addressing inequality and offer women the tools and training necessary to live dignified lives. 

Women take their literacy and communication skills back to their homes, helping children with studies; into their businesses and communities. Becoming more confident and often times leaders and advocates in their villages and districts.

The women we serve were displaced by conflict and violence; many are child soldiers, sex slaves, and all suffered unimaginable violence and poverty. The conflict, over 25 years, left the region struggling and insecure with little to no access to basic human services or education for women who missed out on the opportunity to study. Our literacy program was the first program implemented after microfinance; women told us it was the most important thing to them. They desired the opportunity to learn and understand, to communicate and be an example to their children.

We hope you are inspired and continue to support WGEF’s literacy program; we can’t do it without you.

Peace,

Karen 

Literacy student/mom
Literacy student/mom
WGEF Literacy Instructor
WGEF Literacy Instructor

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