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Womens Global Empowerment Fund

Rating: 4.98 stars   94 reviews 8,305

Nonprofit Issues:

Civil Rights, International, Women, Economic Development, Microfinance

Address:

PO Box 6283 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.

Geographic areas served:

Northern Uganda

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Reviews for Womens Global Empowerment Fund

Rating: 5 stars  

Women's Global Empowerment Fund is a truly inspiring example of the power of education and sisterhood in building healthy, sustainable, and economically viable communities. WGEF staff and clients work tirelessly to provide opportunities for women leaders in Uganda, always providing high quality resources and services. Cannot recommend WGEF and their work highly enough!

 
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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.

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

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

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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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!

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

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

 
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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!

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?

2012

 
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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.

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?

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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Rating: 5 stars  

When you realize what a large impact a relatively small amount of money makes to the lives of the clients of Women's Global Empowerment Fund, you begin to understand how small the world truly is.

WGEF empowers women through microcredit loans and social programming which directly and positively affects her life, the lives of her family and, to a larger scale, the quality of life within the community.

If you're familiar with the adage "When a butterfly flaps its wings," you'll understand the power and significance of WGEF's mission and results.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

WGEF, lead by Executive Director/Founder Karen Sugar, is a superb example of taking the complicated system and culture of oppression and undermining it by empowering women through leadership, art, literacy, education, citizen journalism, and financial stability.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

It's hard to believe that I started volunteering with Women's Global Empowerment Fund more than five years ago! During that time, I have met our amazing Program Director, Bukenya Muusa, and one of our clients, who is planning to run for Ugandan Parliament. The impact of Women's Global is truly inspiring!

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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I have been involved with Women's Global Empowerment Fund for about three years now. The most memorable experience I have had with the organization was getting to meet one of our clients from Gulu, Uganda. Grace is one of the most inspiring women I have ever had the privilege to meet. Her experience showed me that WGEF provides so much more than microfinance. Through the literacy and leadership development programs women are given the tools they need to be a part of important policy decisions in their country, and are creating lasting change. Women's Global has proven how a nonprofit can have a large and more importantly lasting impact on the world.

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I found Women's Global empowerment fund through a classmate. I was interested in pursuing a career in the nonprofit world especially through microfinance. Now, after having been with this organization for only a few short months I am absolutely positive that this is the career I want to pursue. I truly believe that in order to create sustainable and lasting change you have to help people help themselves. Women's Global is doing an incredible thing by helping women gain control over their own destiny through microcredit and literacy programs.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I haven't personally met any of the women whose lives we are changing but just knowing that what I am doing is helping them in such a big way has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very dedicated to the mission of this organization.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help over 175,000 in northern Uganda to start their own businesses.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Women's Global Empowerment Fund has shaped the way I act and perceive the world around me. I initially met Karen when I was only a sophomore in high school, and now I am a junior in college and I'm still gravitated towards the organization. I feel as though many non-profits aimed at improving the livelihood of individuals ignore the political aspect of change, but not WGEF. WGEF recognizes the importance of being involved with the local government and encourages her clients to not only start businesses, but also to start becoming politically active. I had the pleasure of meeting one of WGEF's clients when I first started volunteering, and now she has ran multiple times for government. I am in awe of the passion and strength Karen has brought to Gulu through WGEF, and I cannot wait to see what the future holds for the organization.

 
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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.

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

expand to different locations around the world.

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?

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?

2014

 
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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.

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?

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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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.

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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I chose to join the board of WGEF in 2015. A lot of friends have thought it obscure, but I found it to be the perfect choice for me to make a difference.

Why Uganda? Google it. You will understand why in less than two minutes. Ugandans have experienced some of the greatest crimes to humanity in VERY recent years. Additionally, our help can go a long way in this country. Money goes a long way in Uganda and it's one of the countries that we can get into to help, unlike many other countries with similar problems.

Why women? Of the strife that occurred in Uganda, women and children bore the major brunt, not having access to education, work, etc. WGEF gives these women a chance for education and business opportunities - so they may change the stories for themselves and their children and the women have done this gusto. The varieties of business, the scope, and the successes of these women is nothing short of impressive.

Why THIS nonprofit? Because it works, quite simply. Many NGOs that have stepped into Africa, although having good intentions, brought with them the assumption that "westerners" know best. Well, in Africa, oftentimes, we don't. WGEF employs Ugandans who work at the ground level, to keep the pulse of what is needed in their region. The executive director of WGEF visits Uganda regularly and talks to the clients to see what else may be needed. And the results have been fantastic. Women's lives are being changed, one at a time, and the successes are more than many of us ever dreamed possible in such a short amount of time.

THAT'S why I choose to work with WGEF.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I began working with WGEF as an intern while an undergraduate at DU. After graduating I have continued to work with the organization because I truly believe in all the work that WGEF does. The impact that the organization has had in terms of my own empowerment and knowledge growth pales in comparison to the difference that WGEF is making on women locally and globally. I am so proud to work with such an amazing organization and group of people to empower my sisters around the world.

 
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WGEF is performing outstanding work in Gulu, Uganda. It is amazing what the organization has been able to do with the funds and donations they receive. WGEF is truly making a difference in this community and has a mission worthy of recognition.

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?

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?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to Karen Sugar and WGEF at an event in Denver. I was immediately drawn to her enthusiasm, dedication and determination to help women in Gulu. I loved the idea of supporting women in their entrepreneurial endeavours. The success of these women is inspiring and exciting. My family and I were moved by the stories of women making a difference in their lives and the lives of their family and community. Thank you WGEF and Karen...what you are doing is making us realize how interconnected we all are!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Women's Global Empowerment Fund is a meaningful, thoughtful and multi-faceted approach to alleviating poverty and inequality and assisting in sustainable development. I've had the privilege to work alongside Founder and Director Karen Sugar, both as an intern and volunteer, and in doing so, I've witnessed the transformative effects of microfinance paired with educational and health programs. The women of Gulu are inspiring, intelligent and hard-working, and they act as a constant source of inspiration. Additionally, I've personally gained confidence through my experiences and opportunities with WGEF. This organization, in every way, is fighting for a healthy, thriving humanity and I can think of no greater cause. Thank you WGEF and Karen!

 
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I had the honor of visiting Gulu with WGEF founder, Karen Sugar, in the fall of 2014. Seeing the work that the organization does firsthand was inspiring - so much so that I joined the Board on our return. WGEF is changing lives in Northern Uganda. They are teaching women how to read, how to generate an income, and how to advocate for themselves. Through all of this they are giving women a way out of poverty and the most amazing gift ever - the power to choose how to live their lives. I am constantly humbled by the kindness and resourcefulness of our clients. Women's Global Empowerment Fund is in a class by themselves.

 
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