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.
Sep 18, 2013

Microfinance Elevates Women's Voices!

agro project
agro project

As you know, WGEF is more than a microfinance endeavor; we elevate women's voices! We reject the status quo of accepted levels of violence and poverty women face and strive to give women and their families the tools and support they need to address inequality in the economic, social and political sphere. Perhaps best put by one of WGEF’s clients, Grace Kevin, expressing her experience as a program client:

“Thank you for the opportunity to share with you, by the way this is an achievement to me I used to fear to share but now will never be silent again.”

-Grace Kevin, WGEF client 

Our Credit Plus program has given 3400+ microcredit loans, basic business training and opportunities to participate in development programs. We made our first loan in October, 2007 and since April, 2008, have experienced rapid growth. Our reputation in the community indicates that we have a meaningful, solid, fair program, resulting in new groups applying weekly. Several indicators highlight the success of this program and where we are at this point in time. One, we have had no defaults or missed payments; two, many groups have applied for a fourth and fifth loan to expand and grow their businesses, some women are hiring assistants and employees from their villages; three, we have received very positive feedback from community leaders, our clients, and have received  extensive press coverage; and four, we have had fantastic turnouts for our reproductive health training in May, and the 5th annual Kikopo Pa Mon Gulu, Creating a Voice for Women in Gulu, drama festival in October, 2012.  

Due to the positive response and overwhelming success of Kikopo Pa Mon Gulu, it has become a regional and nationally recognized event. By encouraging the idea of traditional music, dance, and drama in the local language, the culture of the area would be preserved, and the relevance of these issues to the community would be elevated. We would like to invite you to share our excitment as we prepare for our 6th annual Kikopo Pa Mon Gulu, celebrating the theme Women, a force for peace, security and democracy!

Thank you so much for your continued support and kindness. We look forward to sharing the exciting events of these coming months with you as we work together to fight poverty and inequality.

animal husbandry
animal husbandry
businesswoman and community leader
businesswoman and community leader
Sep 17, 2013

Debating the issues...

Literacy class
Literacy class

The opportunity to read and write is one the most critical and transformative opportunities we provide. Most of our clients missed out on the opportunity when they were young due to the ongoing conflict. This year we were able to offer two levels of literacy classes, providing participants the opportunity to further study. 

Our 2013 class is coming to a close, with classes beginning again in February 2014. This year our literacy students are planning to host a debate on 'educating girls' and the value of education for women. This debate will offer the community a chance to learn about our program and the the issues surrounding literacy and education for women. In addition, this is a unique event, created by WGEF clients, enabling them to use their skills, build confindence and work together to address inequality in the educational system. 

"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."  - WGEF client

To date WGEF has provided over 600 women literacy training. This training enables women to create a brighter, more secure futures for themselves and their families. When a woman learns to read and write her life changes and possibilities are created. 

Jun 20, 2013

Removing Obstacles...

As women in northern Uganda rebuild and recover their lives and communities, it is critical to support community based projects and institutuions. There is not a more important system or institution than justice. Without access to a functioning and fair judicial system, women, and all citizens, face increased persecution, violence and voicelessness. 

WGEF strives to elevate women's voices, supporting community based programs that focus on equality and human security. Our Leadership Development Programs are critical to addressing systemic inequities and further marginalization providing women the mechanisms necessary to have a voice in policy development.

To address violence against women, gender bias, inequality, and gaps in the justice chain for women, this initiative strives to provide the critical information and resources, enabling women to know their legal and human rights within the justice system. 

Goals of the initiative are: 

*Define and address discrimination within the justice system

*Create an action plan; using grassroots organizing strategies, exploring formal/informal mechanisms (hotline, peace huts)

*Ensure government is held accountable for enforcement/impact of laws-oversight mechanisms

Our goal is to host the 3 day training in October 2013, and are continuing to raise funds for the project. So far we have been able to develop the curriculum and training agenda. The support of our Global Giving community is critical to our success and all contributions are greatly appreciated.

WGEF believes that women are natural leaders, and when given opportunities and access will be a transformative force for peace, democracy, security and equality.

Peace,

Karen

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