WOMENS GLOBAL EMPOWERMENT FUND

Rating: 4.98 stars   81 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, International, Women, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 283 columbine street, #149 #149 Denver CO 80206 USA

Mission: The mission of WGEF is to reach poor and underseved women in northern Uganda thru microfinance loans and education programs, creating opportunities while strengthening families and communities. Our goal is to work for social justice, increased human security and women's empowerment.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

As a new board member, I see the positive impact WGEF makes in the lives of women. I volunteered in Tanzania three years ago, and while I was teaching women I felt the impact wasn't enough because women didn't the ability to be financially stable on their own. WGEF starts planting the seeds for big changes through small loans to women. Women become empowered and positivity spreads!

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2014

Rating: 5 stars  

As a new board member for the Women's Global Empowerment Fund I am completely blown away by what they are accomplishing with a small budget. WGEF funds women's micro loans, literacy programs, job training and other incredible services for women in Uganda. They have an amazing record of empowering women through loans that are not defaulted on and are truly changing lives. They also have a very impressive percentage of funds that go toward programming, which shows the determination of the small staff they have to change women's lives.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Empower them to raise more money!!

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Definitely

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Thank you MMuggs! So glad to be on this journey with you!

Rating: 5 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

I usually fonate to several charities a year, but this one really stood out to me as how it can make a difference. I donated to a friends charity run race for this fund and have been following it ever since. I have done some volunteer work in other countries but reading about some of the stories really made it seem like people are making a difference.

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2014

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

Rating: 5 stars  

I met Karen Sugar in 2010 when she was making her presentation on Women4 peace Award. Her speeches touched me and immediately join her program which i started by getting only $100. This has greatly improved my life and my family. I am now running a big hotel in town, all this with support from Women Global Empowerment Fund.

With this i request for more support towards the program so that she can reach out to many women in the community.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

support and encourage more supporters/ donors to fund the micro-credit plus program because it is the only way that the women in community can bring peace in their homes.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Rating: 5 stars  

I have work for women's global empowerment fund for about 2 years and i have experience a lot as far as their contribution is concern to women especially in Gulu district, a lot of life changing experiences an i am so proud to work with women's global and i would like to appreciate so much mam Karen sugar for all the support
thank a lot
DENIS ABUU

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increased the area of coverage

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A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

Am Kevin Okumu from Gulu in Northern Uganda, i came to know about Women Global empowerment Fund when i joined the organisation as a volunteer, And i have worked in their project for a year now. The great work of micro-credit lending has brought smiles on over 800 faces in my area. the first time i saw Karen Sugar is when she made an amazing presentation on creating voice for women and awarding the grass roots women, this has been my best experience ever Bottle of thanks to WGEF!

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I would advocate for any organisation to give more funding so that we can continue with this great job.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

I met Karen Sugar when I was sophomore in high school, and now, five years later I’m a sophomore in college. I started volunteering for Karen a year after she started her non-profit organization, and now, I’ve been able to see her organization thrive and expand right before my eyes. However, one of my fondest experiences occurred a few weeks after I met Karen. Karen introduced me to some of her clients and WGEF team that were visiting from Gulu, and I happened to sit down with one of her clients Grace. I asked her how the micro-loan program has impacted her life, and she responded most genuinely: the loan has helped her raise her family and create a business. But, what stuck with me was her passion to help empower other women. It takes courage to stand up for your family, but it takes even more courage to stand up for your community. That moment has stuck with me throughout the years, and has inspired me to get involved with global development programs. This coming year I will be president of an organization on campus called “Global Health Initiative,” and it’s aim is to create awareness on health issues, as well as help the local and international community overcome health crises. In the end, my life has, and always will be, forever changed by Women’s Global Empowerment Fund.

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expand to different locations around the world.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

The best memory I have volunteering with Women's Global Empowerment Fund was meeting the women involved in the program. They are humble, yet inspirational people. I met Grace Ouma the first year I volunteered with WGEF, and it amazed me how much a micro-loan and educational opportunities transformed her life. She used the money and her new-found knowledge to not only support her family, but then began reaching out to more women who needed help. She wanted to do something bigger than herself, and that was so beautiful to me. Everyone involved in WGEF has this same mentality, especially the founder Karen Sugar. She has a drive to provide courage, love, and hope to everybody around her. This program has done so much for women, and their families, living in Gulu, Uganda, and I hope it never stops.

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A lot

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

During the summer of my sophmore year in high school I met Karen Sugar and was instantly drawn to her non-profit organization. She described that she held fundraisers to provide micro loans for women in Uganda, and that so far the money had transformed the lives of all the women. From that moment on I started volunteering. So far I have been volunteering for three years now and there has been so many unbelievable things this organization has been able to accomplish. Women's Global Empowerment Fund has given women literacy, health, and leadership education, allowed their buisnesses to exponentially grow, have allowed the women to become more confident and independent, and has even supported them to run for political office. It is truly amazing what so little money can do for a communitiy. I even personally met one of the women, Grace Ouma, who won political office in Uganda. She was so appreciative of everything Karen Sugar and Women's Global Empowerment Fund had done for her life. Hearing her stories and her newfound strength that she had gained throughout this experience makes me unconditionally proud to volunteer for this organization. It is an incrediably fulfilling experience that I will forever continue to support.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

Miriam Akech is my name, Im 28 years old and lives in the town of Gulu in Northern Uganda. Im married with three children, two of them currently in school. For the past 4 years, I have been working hard to manage my small restaurant, which sells local, serving breakfast, lunch and supper every day.

To help expand my business, I requested a loan of 500,000 Ugandan Shillings from WGEF to buy stock for my restaurant, and my stock. My hopes were that in the future I will be able to stock up my restaurant.

Cliet Quote of accomplishment :
“Before I received the Loan I was working alone in my restaurant, currently I employ 2 helpers in the restaurant because we have many customers and sometimes we do outside catering for small community meetings, I have been able to repay my loan in time, I have already applied for the second cycle. What is very important to me I have been able to save 40,000 shillings, and I need to add more saving. My target is to take up 4 loans recycles then I will start using my savings as capital”.
I thank you for giving me the opportunity that has helped my business to grow
God Bless you,
Miriam- WGEF client Gulu

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I would expand the unique programing and services to reach more women Ugnada

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been working with this organization in development as of recent, and I feel that I can say without a doubt that this nonprofit is revolutionary. Their ability to be completely focused on the sustainability, independence, and empowerment of their clientele, while simultaneously giving many opportunities to develop multiple key facets of the clientele's livelihood, is unique to say the least. It has been a pleasure so far to work with the organization, and I look forward to being with WGEF while they continue and expand their outreach, support, and empowerment of women and their communities across the globe.

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Very Well

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 5 stars  

Women's Global Empowerment Fund is a unique and inspiring organization that supports female entrepreneurs by strengthening their economic, political, and social outlook. These women are incredibly inspiring - I can only hope to mimic their passion and determination to provide for their families and strengthen their communities. WGEF pairs economic support with opportunities to participate in leadership development, literacy and health programs that give the women the peer support they need to be successful. In a post-conflict region, providing these resources is KEY to a healthy recovery.

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The more staff we can support in Gulu - the better!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

I am continually impressed by the work Karen Sugar, and the Women's Global Empowerment Fund, are doing in Uganda. Rather than fixate on the difficulties of living in a post-conflict region, the program works to build women up, and emphasize the role they have in rebuilding their communities. Having worked as an intern, a volunteer, and now as a nonprofit professional, I hold Women's Global in high regard. Partnering microfinance, literacy and leadership programs, and other development work, WGEF has reached hundreds of women and has supported the growth of their community. Meeting Grace, a WGEF client, on a trip to Denver a few years ago, was one of the most memorable experiences of my life. Hearing her story, watching her speak, and learning of everything she has built for herself and her family, is incredibly moving. If I had to pick one nonprofit to support, Women's Global is it!

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Karen Sugar and her dedicated team of volunteers need SUPPORT! I can only imagine the work they would do with more man-power.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Women's Global Empowerment Fund is working extremely hard to improve the lives of hundreds of women in Northern Uganda, using hands-on and grassroots methods that have proven very effective! The most inspiring part of WGEF's work is that the women are improving themselves through hard work, determination, and community-building. To listen to the stories of how these women have taken the initiative and the tools from WGEF's programs to improve their lives is truly awe-inspiring. I'm very proud to be a part of the organization and see just how powerful women really are!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

I just began interning with the Women's Global Empowerment Fund, and it has already completely changed my perspective on non-profit work. The group uses an ingenious grassroots strategy to cater to the needs of the clients, and the success in just 5 years is astounding. I recently met Grace Okwello, one of WGEF's clients, and she has completely inspired me. A mother of four, business owner, restauranteur, and politician, she is an example of the strength women can have in their communities if empowered through strategic and thoughtful means. This non-profit is a spectacular model of how we can reach out to developing communities and EMPOWER them to build themselves.

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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