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.
Mar 12, 2013

Credit Plus Works!

WGEF client and family in the market
WGEF client and family in the market

The Credit Plus program creates sustainable human development. By focusing not only on economic activity, but critical educational and political opportunities as well, enable women and families to increase human security and empowerment. 

We have made over 3300 hundred loans, 500+ women have learned to read and write, 5 women ran for political office in 2011 with 3 successful. Poverty is the result of inequality in multiple spheres, WGEF addresses inequality by focusing on the social and political dimensions critical to systemic change. 

We have not lost a loan, I believe this in due in part to the program, staff and integrity of women, wanting to create a brighter future for themselves and their families. 

As we move forward into our 6th 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.

Client Quote:

My hope is back! And I have no worries now, my children will appreciate and I have started receiving thank you notes from them. Sarah said to me “thank mother for being there for us all the time even when things were hard during the war, Mumy I have learnt a lot from you and I promise I will be a perfect Mum like you in future”.  I cried because of joy and happiness that my daughter brought into 

"My name is Grace Arach, 29 years old, I have 3 children and a member of Kwo Aye Lonyo women group, I joined WGEF in 2008 and together with my members we have received 5 loan cycles. I sell fruits in the market and do some agriculture for home consumption. It was my first time to join any loan program and I feel preveraged to be part of the WGEF. I m so happy that I can now read and write my name an opportunity which I lost when I was young but when WEGF opened the free literacy program I was among the first one to register."

WGEF clients - quarry businesses are popular
WGEF clients - quarry businesses are popular

Links:


Attachments:
Mar 12, 2013

Literacy 2013 Underway....

community class
community class

Our 2013 literacy training is starting next week, and once again we are offering two levels, for our continuing students. This critical program enables women who, due to a long and brutal conflict, the opportunity to learn to read and write.

To date over 500 women have participated in the program, attending classes twice a week for eight months. When a woman learns to read and write, her whole world changes; possibilities and opportunities are created.This year we are hoping to provide 10 additional women with this transformative opportunity, totalling 110 women and their families to participate. 

In addition, our literacy students participate in many community based programs, become leaders and advocates in their communiuty. Last week some of our literacy students marched in celebration of International Women's Day. 

With the help of our Global Giving donors, we will be able to continue this important program. The best way to create sustainable human development and peace is to focus on women Access to education is a human right, thank you for your committment to social justice. 

International Women
International Women's Day 2013
Feb 19, 2013

Using microfinance as a tool to address inequality

ag project
ag project

Poverty is the result of inequality in many spheres, and while microfinance can be an effective tool at alleviating extreme poverty, WGEF believes there must be a political dimension in order to address systemic inequality preventing women from reaching their potential and leading dignified lives. 

Our Credit Plus provides women with microloans, business trainings but focuses on three additional areas of social capital building: literacy, leadership development and health initiatives. In 2013 our focus will be on creating programs that expand economic opportunities, liberty, and political participation. To date we have given over 3300 loans, providing women an opportunity to create a brighter, more secure future for themselves and their families. Our average loan size is $57, this small amount enables women to start a viable business or a project. We have a 100% repayment rate. Please visit our website for more info, www.wgefund.org. Thank you for your support and commitment to women's empowerment and social justice. 

family business in the market
family business in the market
working together
working together
sisterhood...
sisterhood...

Links:

donate now:

Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $15
    give
  • $50
    give
  • $100
    give
  • $15
    each month
    give
  • $50
    each month
    give
  • $100
    each month
    give
  • $
    give
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Reviews of Women's Global Empowerment Fund

Great Nonprofits
Read and write reviews about Women's Global Empowerment Fund on GreatNonProfits.org.