The mission of Women's Global Empowerment Fund is to support women through economic, social and political programs; creating opportunities while addressing inequality, strengthening families and communities.
Our goal is to work for social justice, increased human security and women's empowerment.
Women's Global Empowerment Fund was founded upon the belief that microfinance can be a revolutionary concept, and when bundled with educational programming, can build social capital and increase the potential for women's empowerment and success. It is this belief that created our Credit Plus program, focusing on three additional areas: Literacy, Leadership Development and Health.
The mission of Women's Global Empowerment Fund is to reach underserved women through microfinance loans and education programs, creating opportunities while strengthening families and communities. It seeks to offer women leadership and empowerment abilities required to lead successful, dignified lives.
Our objective is to provide women with the framework necessary to create viable opportunities for themselves and their families. Through proven grassroots strategies, marginalized women are given the tools necessary to alleviate poverty and thus facilitate sustainable development, self-determination, leadership opportunities and empowerment.
The cornerstone of WGEF is our microcredit program, Credit Plus. Microfinance is an effective strategy for alleviating poverty and empowering women. Microcredit promotes small scale entrepreneurship by extending credit to the most impoverished and those for whom credit is inaccessible. Over the last few years, the microcredit operations have been tremendously successful, helping women out of dire poverty and offering them an opportunity to reclaim dignity and empowerment.
Quotes from 2014 Survey:
"[I] share ideas with [other] women, which makes [me] feel strong" -Susan O.
"[I am] able to support the family. This has created confidence." -Rosie O.
"I can now read and write basic English words, and also my name." -Okot R.
"I used to fear to associate with other people because of personality, but today [I] can associate with people without any challenges." -Okot R.
"I can talk in public and stand up before people, which was not the case [before]." -Okot R.
"After getting a loan I am able to meet all my demands, and my standard of living has improved. The WGEF program is the only way I can empower myself." -Okech J.
"The annual [drama] event teaches us a lot and it is inspiring, so the members don't have domestic violence anymore." -Mildred
"I have gained confidence and empowered myself, and [I] have been able to forget some of my past." -Mildred
"[I] have more voice than [my] husband now!" -Juliet O.
"My life is easier. I am able to buy what I need. I am less worried about what will happen tomorrow." -Hellen O.
"I feel more at peace. Before I joined [WGEF] my life was not easy, now, I feel more comfortable and have peace in my heart." -Hellen O.
"I make business decisions and can decided to educate my children." -Hellen O.
"I want to go back for another loan. I feel stronger." -Grace B.
"[WGEF] made me have more friends, and your friends help you when you need [them]." -Grace B.
"I make decisions to save money instead of spend it all." -Grace B.
"I have learned a lot [of] good things and bad things, and right now as I talk I am very wise." -Florence O.
"Before there was hard life, but after the loan I started feeling good because it became easy for me to start a business with all the strength and I am happy about it." -Everlin O.
"I can support with money to acquire the basic needs like food, clothes, medication and fees." -Elvirena O.
"I know how to cooperate with other members, how to use money, and [I] am happy that [I] am paying school fees for my children." -Christine O.
"I have improved my skills and knowledge, and I learn from my group. Also I have less stress and worry." -Betty O.
WGEF 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 heart like many other mothers do all over, all this happened when I joined the WGEF credit program, which supported my business. Now I'm a perfect mother
I thank all mothers for never giving up on their children when they went through that dark period, when the hope was no more, when loving them was difficult. And let us continue to spread love, peace and reconciliation among the affected families especially mothers and their children. We the mothers are the greatest solutions to many problems.
God Bless WGEF
Success story- Beatrice, 2012
As a mother of seven I had no idea about how my life would be after the impact of the LRA War. I was abducted at the age of six and returned with two children, I hardly knew what to do with my life because my parents were gone. After a few years I met a man whom I thought would provide me with all the security I needed, all was a myth because he kept beating me each time I asked for money and whenever he came home drunk causing even more pain and suffering. With all the pain I wanted to return to the bush where life was much easier but whenever I looked at my children I felt they needed me because no one could look after them after I was gone. It was then that I started growing vegetables and selling but the money was not even enough to cater for our upkeep because my husband could even take it away from me.
I had one problem after the other, with no one to turn to but one day I met a group of Women Benefiting from WGEF, after several days, a peer counselor shared with me a lot about what I was going through and introduced me to the Program, due to my low self esteem I feared to be among other women but gradually I gained the courage.
My life has now changed not only because of the loans but also the trainings that I received. I managed to start up a business and a live stock project which is helping me pay school fees and other basic needs; I also bought a bicycle from the profits which has eased the transportation of my products to the market. At this point the relationship within my family has improved and we are working together to provide for our family, people in my community now respect me and I am now even a community leader, something I thought wasn't meant for me. At last I have the hope that was long gone.
"Please fellow women, do not think whatever you went through or are going through cannot change - we can rise above poverty once equipped with the right tools"
"Akello Beatrice - Bungatira" God Bless WGEF
Never Underestimate Any Small Actions
My tears of joy rolled down, my heart beat faster as I visited Florence today. Her warm welcome and embrace with a real hug was enough to explain her feeling, she said:
"I have kept this gift for you for so long you gave me the means, you made me hopeful again, you made me feel important and helped get a position in my community, you made me realize my resources. The training and small amount money you borrowed me has changed my life I will never forget you."
Florence is among many amazing women that we support. I'm very lucky to have worked with Florence and many other women on their journey to get out poverty and I do this with a team of committed individuals, here in Gulu and with you, this achievement is for all of us. - Bukenya, Program Director