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 26, 2014

It's been a year of empowerment...

Literacy 2014
Literacy 2014

This year WGEF has provided over 100 women with the opportunity to learn basic reading and writing skills. One of unseen benefits of this program is the difference it makes in the lives of the participants and their families. When I had the opportunity to sit in on a class, I was inspired by the sisterhood, joy, and environment of learning and empowerment. This is not merely a 'class' but a life changing endeavor where women are encouraged, supported, and celebrated!

Poverty is the result of inequality in multiple spheres; WGEF is committed to providing clients the tools to address these inequalities and advocate for themselves, families and communities. One of cornerstones of this commitment is offering women the chance to learn basic reading and writing skills. 

Our clients lives are challenging, everyday women are providing and caring for their families; often times walking long distances to get water, cooking fuel, and medical care. They are running business, participating in their communities, rebuilding their lives after conflict and all day on Saturday they are attending classes with their friends, colleagues and sisters. It is a 'day off' from the normal everyday challenges. They are offered lunch, eat and share together...this is critical as they recover their lives after a long and brutal conflict.

Our program for 2014 ends in early November, and one of culminating events is our drama festival where literacy students participate and can speak to the public. This is a life changing event, empowerment women to speak out, using the confidence they have obtained by the literacy program.

We cannot provide these opportunities without your support, and on behalf of the 104 women we served this year, thank you! Please continue to support WGEF and all of programs; together we can help women address inequality and acheive a brighter future.  

Thank you. 

Literacy participant 2014
Literacy participant 2014
Literacy participant 2014
Literacy participant 2014
Literacy participant 2014 2
Literacy participant 2014 2
Jul 17, 2014

Access, engagement and leadership...

WGEF client, Grace runs for public office!
WGEF client, Grace runs for public office!

Our Access to Justice Initiative will be included in the Drama Festival Activities, in October this year. We will be able to serve over 40 women with the infomration and tools needed to access justice, remove obstacles that women often face, provide edcuation to women in their local vilaages and districts. Thanks in part to GG funding, women will recieve critical information and opportunities to become leaders, and facilitators in the search for truth, justice and equality. 

The training is a component to our Leadership Development Initiative and will contiue to provide unique, relevant opportunties to women rebuilding and recovering their lives. 

Thank you for your support of this endeavor, and please continue to support women's empowerment! 

 

Peace, 

Karen Sugar

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Jul 14, 2014

Real opportunities, Real impact

Betty O.
Betty O.

While the cornerstone of our program is economic activity thru microfinance, WGEF has focused on key social capital programs in order to ensure success of the program supported by GG funding.  The first objective entails enabling women and their households in post conflict Gulu District to engage economic edeavors and productive small-medium scaled sustainable agriculture.  WGEF has given out over 277 agricultural loans women our first quarter and 127 so far in the second. 

The second objective is to improve food security and nutrition for women, children, and their households in the Gulu District through the production of high yielding crops, as well as access to nutritious food. Thru recent survey data, WGEF’s economic and agro data suggests there have been significant increases in food security at the household and community level, as well as more diversity and nutrition in participants diets

The third objective is to increase income through trainings and support. WGEF's trainings in business skills has informed and empowered over 250 clients in the villages that have taken part in the program.  These women have become well-equipped through their training to maximize their businesses, thereby securing their food quality, increasing their income, and empowering themselves to become sustainable business entrepreneurs. In addition, all loans are on track and participants having successful harvests, with zero projects at risk.

 

The final objective of the agricultural project is to provide opportunities, tools and support to empower women and elevate women's voices. Thru our literacy, leadership development and health initiatives, women are becoming advocates and leaders in their households, and communities. We believe that women are natural leaders and must have a voice in policy development and a place at the 'table'.  

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The skills and knowledge that women receive from our program are invaluable toward sustainable human development. They express hope and enthusiasm through testimonials (see below) of their growth into becoming self-sustaining business entrepreneurs, empowered leaders, and policy makers.  In a post-conflict area, these women have stated that they are able to feel secure, strong, and active in their community's recovery from conflict.  Clients are able to be a beacon of hope as well as a source of encouragement by providing for their community and families with food, financial security, and positive decision making.

WGEF client: 

"My name is Betty Ocan a widow and chairperson (Pie-Tek Women Group), I joined the Women, s Global Empowerment Fund in 2008 as a client to receive loans it was my first time and I was just been inspired by my neigbour who was getting the services too. I used to stay and sell tomatoes at home and have to suffer with my stress and all the problems in silence, I had no one to share with, and hardly solved problems that I had. Since I joined the WGEF my life changed, since I have my own group members whom we can sit and share with any issues partaining our lives, infct what I used to think they were impossible, they are! With the help of other group members (women).

I thank God for this program that provided me with the opportunity of being a peer counselor Imargin Im a leader who is recognised in the community not only by the women undergoing into the program but even other women in the community, now my home is ever full with visiters (women) who come to share and seek advise from me (who did not attend school) and now I fill I must contest in the upcoming elections to become a political woman, why not? There I will struggle to extend my services and make women more aware of their potantials."

working together
working together
Women Farmers, feeding their communities
Women Farmers, feeding their communities

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