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.
Dec 20, 2014

WGEF Unwrapped!

"Just give people a way to walk so that eventually they can run, and then you'll see them dance. Some of them will even fly."   -Rita Bright

Greetings!

We live in a chaotic, tumultuous world, and during the holidays it may seem even more so. One thing is constant: the desire for security, peace and justice. These are lofty ideals, many times clouded by violence, politics and greed, but at the end of the day they are worth fighting for and that is our goal. To work for social justice, sustainable human development, increased food security and women’s empowerment.

Access to clean water and healthy food sources is a human right, not a luxury. For the planet’s poorest 2 billion people, rising food prices means going from two meals a day to one or none. This creates extreme poverty, human insecurity and violence.

WGEF is addressing this critical issue by focusing on our traditional and agriculture loan program, providing loans and tools for women to create a business or agro project. Our focus for 2015 is leadership development heading into the 2016 national elections. We have many women interested in runnning for regional and national officess. Our aim is promoting and training women to become leaders and advocates in their community and a strong voice in policy development. 

Attached is our 2014 survey, highlighting our program achievements and words from our clients. As we move forward into our 8th year and beyond, our program continues to be transformative, provocative and relevant.  We hope you are inspired and continue to support WGEF and the women we serve in northern Uganda. 

Wishing you peace this holiday season! 

Women's Global Empowerment Fund

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Dec 9, 2014

In closing....

Since 2008, Women’s Global Empowerment Fund (WGEF) has been providing economic social and educational opportunities for women in Northern Uganda. WGEF uses a credit-plus microfinance model that provides microloans to women alongside literacy, leadership development, agribusiness, and health initiatives. 

While we are retiring the HPI initative on Global Giving, we are continuting to move forward with the project thru other funding mechanisms. Creating awareness and products to ensure women have access critical information and services, products and opportunties ensuring mentrual health. 

In addition to this project, WGEF will continue to provide eonomic, social and political opportunities to women who are rebuilding and recovering their lives in northern Uganda. Access to basic human services is the right of every human being; WGEF strives to address ineqaulity and marginalization thru meaningful and relelvant programs. 

Thank you.

Karen Sugar, Executive Director

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Oct 15, 2014

It takes a village...

Betty, Chairperson
Betty, Chairperson
Gulu, October 5th, 2014
While I have shared many stories with you, I am hoping you will indulge me one more time. On Sunday, we set out for the markets in the morning to avoid the impending rain storms. We met a group of women, Betty, Carcelina, Vicki and Beatrice. There was one member of the group not present. 
We sat in a little room, dirt floor, crumbling brick and introduced ourselves. Then I began learning about their lives, businesses and plans for the future. They have been in our program for over 2 years, received 4 loans and have built viable and interesting businesses: a restaurant, a drug shop, and selling produce in the market. They are all successful, support each other in many ways. 
Vicki had the opportunity to purchase the building where her restaurant was located. The group took out a larger than average loan, $500, Vicki used her saving to make up the difference. The group members put the entire amount towards helping Vicki buy her building; she was able to repay the full amount on time, serving over 150 customers per day, and is in control of her space and business! 
Every month the women also collectively save funds to be used for each member alternatively; helping to purchase a personal or business item. When Betty, the chairperson of the group showed me a piece of corrugated metal in the corner of their share storage space, she told me it was for Carcelina. The savings from last month enabled Carcelina to purchase the metal piece for the roof in her home. This is a huge development for her health and wellbeing. With the collective effort of the group, members are improving their group and individual livelihoods. 
One more impressive detail, Beatrice, owner of the drug shoppe, sells birth control and other items for women's reproductive health; she is proud to counsel and provide low cost birth control without a doctors note. This was impressive and most needed. 
Visiting with these inspiring women made my heart sing...it is a privilege to do this work. I hope you are inspired and will continue to support WGEF. 
Thank you! 
karen
Beatrice, Drug Shop owner
Beatrice, Drug Shop owner
Vicki
Vicki's restaurant, local hot spot

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