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October 21, 2013

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September 20, 2012

I have had the incredible opportunity to be a part of this organization when it was just an idea, a small thought in the back of Karen Sugar's brillant mind. With a lot of drive, research, love, and h... more

October 21, 2013

I have worked with WGEF since the start, though initially I knew very little of microfinance and post-conflict Uganda. As someone who has witnessed the incredible growth of such an organization, it is a pleasure to share my dedication to the WGEF team and their mission. Karen Sugar, founder and executive director of WGEF), is an incredible leader who saw an opportunity to create positive change for not only her now-female clients but also the Gulu, Uganda community as a whole. Karen's in-depth research of a post-conflict region only propelled her forward, over coming many obstacles, to give these women a chance and an opportunity for monetary and food security for their families, an education and the belief that everyone deserves the right to chase dreams and conquer goals. To say WGEF has made leaps and bounds since the start is an understatement but all challenges have been met with a passion to create a voice for women all over not just in Uganda. And through this organization, thousands of people have had the opportunity to learn more about microfinance; such a simple solution for supporting those in need. I strongly believe WGEF is still just getting its start in changing lives and developing stronger communities. The future is very bright for this nonprofit. Thanks for your interest and please continue to explore this stellar organization at www.wgefund.org

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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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

September 20, 2012

I have had the incredible opportunity to be a part of this organization when it was just an idea, a small thought in the back of Karen Sugar's brillant mind. With a lot of drive, research, love, and hope, let me tell you, WGEF has made amazing strides not only on the ground in Northen Uganda but to educate people on the benefits of microfinance and the oppotunities that come when women are given the chance to make a better life for themselves and their famililes. From the start, like any greta nonprofit, there have been bumps in the road, but Karen's clear vision for WGEF, understanding of the region and the need's of the Northern Uganda community has allowed her and her team to persevere. With a zero loan default rate, booming business ideas, healthier home lives and, WGEF client's running for political office it is safe to say that this organization is creating amazing possibilities for the women of Northern Uganda.

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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

October 5, 2013

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October 5, 2013

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.

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2013

October 1, 2013

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October 1, 2013

Akello Beatirice is a single mother of seven living in Gulu, Uganda. Like many other women in her community, Akello still feels the lasting effects that ongoing conflict has inflicted on her community. Abducted at the age of six, Akello spent several years in the hands of the Lord’s Resistance Army before being returned to her community parentless and alone. For the years that followed, Akello continued to suffer under the hands of a drunk and abusive husband plagued with feelings of hopelessness and low self-esteem. These are the challenges facing many women currently living in Uganda. Marred by a history of trauma and facing economic hardships and oppression, these women seem to be fighting and uphill battle. However, it is not these hardships that Women’s Global Empowerment Fund chooses to focus on in their work to address poverty and the marginalization f women in Uganda. Taking a strengths based approach in their programming, WGEF puts emphasis not on the hardships facing these women, but rather on the potential of women as natural leaders in their communities. The results are stunning.

WGEF employs a clever combination of microfinance loans and social programming in their Credit Plus program as they work to help the intelligent and powerful women of Uganda realize their potential. In small groups, women borrow money to fund projects and business ventures toward which they already have an affinity. Through this program, Akello chose to borrow money to invest in a live stock project whose profits are now being used to support her family and send her children to school. In addition to these loans, women are offered access to a variety of social programs including literacy, leadership development and basic business classes. Looking at these programs through the lens of empowerment theory offers exciting insight into how WGEF women are able to work toward self-efficacy to regain power and control over their own lives.

Of vital importance in the quest for self-efficacy is the use of critical consciousness to determine ones place within an existing structure of power and oppression and push back in favor of a more equitable system. Through their Access to Justice initiative, WGEF helps women to define the gender discrimination inherent in the current justice system, as well as teaching them grassroots strategies to advocate for changes that will better provide for them and their families. Many women are then able to use these skills and knowledge as a gateway to political involvement, acting as leaders in their community to hold their government accountable for its actions. On a mezzo level, WGEF trainings in Gender Based Violence allow women to identify and fight back against power dynamics within their own families. When paired with the economic security reaped from participation in the Credit Plus Program, this knowledge allows women to make changes in their own lives, with many now finding themselves in a position of autonomy that conflict, oppression and unequal distribution of power have long deprived them of.

I strongly believe in the work being done by WGEF and feel that, by addressing the needs of both the individual and society, WGEF is posturing these communities for sustainable growth. It is an exciting time to be involved with WGEF and I encourage anyone interested in microfinance or women’s empowerment to learn more about their work.

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I think the WGEF model is very strong and would love to see it applied to more communities.

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September 19, 2013

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1 previous review
May 10, 2010

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... more

September 19, 2013

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.

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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?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

May 10, 2010

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.

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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.

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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.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 19, 2013

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1 previous review
May 27, 2012

Women's Global Empowerment Fund is an absolutely inspirational organization, dedicated to helping the women of Gulu, Uganda pull themselves out of poverty, and place themselves at an equal level in th... more

September 19, 2013

I have worked with Women's Global Empowerment Fund for a year and a half now and continue to be inspired every day by the amazing work of both Karen Sugar, as well as every single client in Gulu, Uganda. The organization is truly breaking the mold of the traditional aid model by representing these women as the strong and capable women that they are, instead of viewing them only as victims of past tragedies. WGEF is so much more then just a micro-ledning organization, through the Credit-Plus program women are going back to school, participating in Leadership Development training, and securing themselves a seat at the policy table. This organization has far exceeded my expectations of what a nonprofit can accomplish, and I stand behind all the work that Karen has done, and will continue to do for many years.

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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?

2013

May 27, 2012

Women's Global Empowerment Fund is an absolutely inspirational organization, dedicated to helping the women of Gulu, Uganda pull themselves out of poverty, and place themselves at an equal level in the playing field. After seeing and talking to Grace, a client in Gulu, I have a greater respect and understanding for the powerful changes this organization can make in these women's lives. The organization is not just about micro-loans and finances, Grace continually talks about how the peer counseling program that was set up alongside the education and literacy programs have truly changed her. These programs which go alongside the loans, are what have enabled Grace to become a true leader in her community, allowing her to support four children, go back to school, have three business, and be elected for local governance in Gulu. That is just one success story, and the organization has more than 3000 women just like Grace, who just needed support to help them realize their undeniable potential.

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Life-changing

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 24, 2013

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June 5, 2012

I first became involved in Women's Global in 2008 as a graduate student after discovering them upon returning abroad-I was looking for an grassroots organization that worked. What attracted me to Wome... more

June 24, 2013

As a volunteer for more than 5 years, I have had the opportunity to be involved and see the impacts of WGEF's work. The grassroots model of WGEF goes above and beyond to address the true causes of poverty and empower its participants. Looking forward, WGEF continues to be strong in Uganda and is now expanding its work to Haiti. Working with a local Haitian organization, WGEF will empower women in rural Haiti areas through agricultural training, leadership development, literacy programs, and eventually, microcredit. It's an exciting time to be part of and supporting this great organization!

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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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 5, 2012

I first became involved in Women's Global in 2008 as a graduate student after discovering them upon returning abroad-I was looking for an grassroots organization that worked. What attracted me to Women's Global was their model: a credit-plus model that not only provided credit to women but provided them other tools simultaneously, giving them a tool box of resources that empowered them. I have remained involved in the organizations since and had the opportunity to travel to Gulu, Uganda for a month to help evaluate the program's success and participate in the dental clinic. This only affirmed what I already knew, that Women's Global was making a profound difference in these women's lives.

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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

June 7, 2013

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1 previous review
November 6, 2012

Karen Sugar's inspirational and outstanding work in Uganda is a model for everyone to look up to. By taking the important aspect of microfinancing and providing education, Women's Global has been able... more

June 7, 2013

Women's Global works to empower women in post conflict Northern Uganda, giving women access to microfinance loans to help improve their lives and the lives of their families. Volunteering for WGEF has been an incredible experience, I have learned so much and it has been empowering to myself as well. I hope to continue to dedicate my time to such a wonderful and deserving cause.

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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

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

November 6, 2012

Karen Sugar's inspirational and outstanding work in Uganda is a model for everyone to look up to. By taking the important aspect of microfinancing and providing education, Women's Global has been able to change the lives of women and their families in Uganda for five years. I am excited to work for such an important organization.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 7, 2013

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1 previous review
June 4, 2012

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... more

June 7, 2013

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

June 4, 2012

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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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 11, 2013

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November 13, 2012

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 ... more

October 11, 2013

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.

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Very Well

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?

2013

November 13, 2012

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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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

May 12, 2012

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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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 6, 2012

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November 6, 2012

Women's Global Empowerment Fund is a wonderful organization doing important work in northern Uganda. By empowering women through education, leadership training, and microloans, WGEF has fostered a community to uplift itself. Karen, WGEF's founder, is a visionary leader who understands how communities and women thrive and has implemented incredible programs in Gulu. It is an honor to volunteer with WGEF to support this mission with my time and talents.

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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