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.
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...
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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