WOMENS GLOBAL EMPOWERMENT FUND

Rating: 4.98 stars   81 reviews

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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.
Geographic areas served: Northern Uganda
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EIN 20-8822616
303.520.7656
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Rating: 5 stars  

Having been actively involved wih Women's Global Empowermet Fund since its founding, I have personally witnessed the direct impact and positive change the organization has provided to the women of Northern Uganda. In 2008, I had the opportunity to travel to Gulu and meet many of the women in the program and have seen first hand the empowement and independence Women's Global has facilitated through microcredit lending. Women's Gobal has provided to these women, and as an extension their families and community, opportunites, including entrepreneurship and literacy that otherwise would never have been available to them. Women's Global is an amazing organization with the power to create lasting change through grass roots efforts.

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providing a voice for women who have been affected by Civil War and oppression and are now empowered to start their own businesses as a way of creating self sustainability via microcredit financing.

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enourage greater fundraisng participation within my local community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I help to plan events to raise funds for WGEF. Last fall we had the great pleasure to welcome one of our clients and our Program Director for a visit to Denver from Gulu, Uganda. Our client, Grace, spoke eloquently of how she had been able to start five businesses with her loans from WGEF. These businesses now employ other women, and the income allows her to provide three meals a day for her family and to cover the school fees for each of her four children. In addition, her husband now includes her in family decisions, and she even recently won a political office to represent women in her community. She credits the skills she has learned through her involvement with WGEF with her ability to display this kind of leadership. This is just one of the many success stories of WGEF. This organization has done so much with relatively limited resources. The loans and services provided by WGEF truly are transforming lives in a previously war torn area.

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

hearing the success stories of the women and families helped by WGEF in Gulu, Uganda.

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figure out a more effective way to share the mission and success with our local community such that a broader audience would feel inspired to invest their time and funds in support of the empowerment of more women in Gulu, Uganda.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I work as pro bono legal counsel to WGEF and have been involved, outside of work, with fundraising and spreading the word about this great organization. Having spoken to, and seen correspondence from, women who have been able to improve their lives, not only from the loans they get, but from the mentoring program and literacy program that WGEF runs, I am really proud to be part of the "team".

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Seeing the women who have benefitted from the program succeed!

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work on grant applications to get additional funding for the organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been associated with Women's Global Empowerment Fund for about one year. It is a wonderful organization run by a truly dedicated and inspirational leader, Karen Sugar. The work of the WGEF helps thousands of women in Uganda, giving them the resources and opportunities to sustain themselves and their families. WGEF has positively changed the lives of so many people, and I am grateful for the opportunity to help in any way I can.

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the satisfaction that comes from trying to help other people.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with WGEF since it started and have been amazed at the change they are making in Uganda! I have seen women be transformed from timid, sad women looking for a handout, to strong, confident business women! They don't just provide a loan to get women started, they provide support and encouragement to empower women to succeed and better the lives of their families. It is truly amazing to work with this organization.

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Grace, a widow I met in Uganda before WGEF began working there, was a quiet, sad woman who always was wondering what people would give her. Two years later, she is confident, happy, and has improved the life of herself and her daughter. Not only does she run a successful business thanks to a WGEF loan, but she is also a peer counselor, helping other women who are starting their businesses to succeed. The transformation is incredible!

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

Grow their programs so that more women can be positively impacted!

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Rating: 5 stars  

In the short time I have worked with WGEF, I have been personally inspired by the work that they are able to accomplish. Karen Sugar and the staff of WGEF has been able to change the everyday lives of women and their families in a way that many of us take for granted.

I originally began with WGEF as a way to receive credit for a class through volunteering. I stayed because I believe in the mission of WGEF. A world wide issue has been brought to a local level in the small way one can change a life. I have also reviewed other microfinance models and it cannot be unsaid that the Credit Plus model is superior among the rest.

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

seeing the joy and significant change it has brought to clients and the area of Gulu, Uganda.

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hope that people would become more aware of this amazing organization and to continue supporting the lives of others around the world.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great way to empower woman. A wonderful alternative to institutional lending companies. Helping woman help themselvesand acheive their dreams.

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have heard about its impact

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start a health campaign

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Rating: 5 stars  

With all the stories Ive heard and the people involved in this organization that I have met and talked with, truly inspire me on what can be accomplished with some compassion and small donations.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Fabulous organiztion!!! Way to empower women and our global families.

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Read about all the progress

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Put them on more sites.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Fabulous organiztion!!! Way to empower women and our global families.

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Read about all the progress

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Put them on more sites.

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