The literacy program is an important part of the WGEF microfinance Credit Plus model: “When you give a woman a microcredit loan the health and well being of her entire family increases, when you teach a woman to read and write, her whole world opens up.” - Karen Sugar, Founder and Director
Since April 2008, WGEF has provided an 8 month literacy training, with over 350 women participating! In 2012 our hope is to increase our class size to 200 women. It costs just $50 to provide critical literacy opportunities for a woman who desires to learn to read and write, enabling her to paricipate in her community and create a brighter future for herself and family. Below is an excerpt from a client letter:
"Im 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.
I was among the many girls who were abducted by Joseph Kony’s Rebels LRA and I spent 8 years with them in busy I was brutally beaten, forced to carry heavy loads and was forced to kill one of the girls whom we were abducted with using a stick imagine! I was raped and forced to sleep with many rebels to the extent that I don’t know the fathers of my 2 beautiful kids whom I came back with after being rescued by government forces.
My 2 children are schooling and I pay for their requirements, I rent for myself, I have bought 2 goats and rearing local chicken, now my relatives loves me and I m staying with a man all this I was able to get it after joining the program I love the program and I wish if the program can extend to villages and reach more women since now many have shifted back and I would like to continue attending Literacy training for higher levels.
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 I will never be silent again."
Providing critical support and opportunties, women are rebuilding their lives, experiencing increased empowerment and security. Please help us provide this critical programming to women in 2012!