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 26, 2013

Credit Plus end of year report: creating opportunities in 2013!

Growing mushrooms outside of Gulu
Growing mushrooms outside of Gulu

WGEF's Credit Plus program in Gulu, northern Uganda is successfully creating economic activity and social capital opportunities for women and families! This year we have given hundreds of traditional and agriculture loans providing women a way to rebuild and recover their lives. Our program is unique among interventions; we offer our clients literacy, leadership development, and health initiatives, at no cost enabling them to fully participate in their communities, building self esteem and confidence. Below are client quotes from our 2013 survey: 

L.R.

While in the program life was much easier because my children had enough food, my capital was bigger and I did not have to ask other relatives to support me

A.Y.

WGEF's loan is much more better compare to others; WGEF also does not give loan but important educational programs and through these, her life has changed.

O.F.

I have learned how to do business (keeping records) how to stay with people, save money and I was able to build some courage to making good decision in my family.

P.A.

The loan and the training I got from the office has really helped me to increase in my business and able to decide for myself when problems arise.

A.A.

Other than improving my economic status, through the literacy program I learnt how to read and write, the event also made me discover my talents in drama and the other performances which made me very happy and in the end my health was also improved.

Our program is critical in this post conflict region and even more so now, due to the crisis in S. Sudan; northern Uganda is receiving many refugees, creating more need and pressure on services. Increasing economic activity and our loan portfolio is more important than ever, and we appreciate your support and encouragement! 

Our average loan size is $55; we continue to have a 100% repayment rate, and our farmers a doing outstanding work at increasing food security at the household and community level. We hope you are inspired by our clients and what is possible....

Peace and love in the New Year! 

Karen

a baker shows us her oven...
a baker shows us her oven...
Mango grove, bananas, papayas too!
Mango grove, bananas, papayas too!
farming, literacy and trainings!
farming, literacy and trainings!
Dec 20, 2013

end of year report....

literacy 2013
literacy 2013

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."  Nelson Mandela

The first time I sat in on our literacy program in 2008, the women were singing and chanting Mandela's name. At that time I was still learning about Africa, it's history and political landscape, the culture; what I quickly learned was that Nelson Mandela was an important figure for all of Africa. His courage and commitment to his fellow Africans serves as an inspiration and continued light as to what is possible. 

The answers for Africa, and northern Uganda, will come from Africans, engaged and informed citizens. A critical component to the future of the people of northern Uganda is education and community participation. When people have a stake, a voice in their communities, futures, amazing things happen. 

While in Uganda in October, I witnessed the desire of women to learn. I sat in on one of our satelite programs in a burned out structure sitting on the floor, with 20 or so women armed with pencils and paper, ready to learn, committed to creating a brighter future. It was inspiring and re-invigorated my commitment to our literacy program. 

To ensure we are providing relevant and meaningful opportunities, WGEF will continue our literacy program, committed to ensuring women have an opportunity to learn and develop. This year we served over 140 women with two levels of literacy training for 8 months. We are hoping to include even more participants in 2014, but that is only possible with the ongoing commitment of the Global Giving community. 

Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to women's empowerment. 

Peace, 

Karen 

the loan and literacy group
the loan and literacy group
Oct 22, 2013

Moving forward for justice..

Evelyn, Women 4 Peace award recipient, 2013
Evelyn, Women 4 Peace award recipient, 2013

This October, we had a meeting in Gulu to discuss ongoing leadership development trainings, beginning with the Access to Justice for Women initiative in April of 2014. We have also joined forces with Gulu University and the African Justice Project to ensure a relevant, meaningful and ongoing dialogue around the issues of justice as they unfold as the post conflict region recovers. 

The dialogue at the meeting was lively, with 15 women leaders from Women's Global Empowerment Fund, Professors, scholars, and community leaders creating the framework for ongoing dialogue and strategies for 2014. In addition, we gave out two Women 4 Peace Awards at a community dinner. Please read the attached description of one of our winners, who is not only courageous but inspirational, fighting for justice for formerly abducted women and children. 

The goal of the Access to Justice for Women initiative is to ensure women know and understand their legal and human rights, have confidence to access the legal system, and what to do when they experience breakages in the justice chain. 

Having a legitimate and working justice system in the foundation of society, but often times women are marginalized and cannot properly access justice or the legal mechanisms. Our aim is to change that dynamic thru dialogue, education and action. 

We invite you to support this critical program, and thank you for your ongoing encouragement and commitment to social justice. 

Peace.


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