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.
Geographic areas served: Northern Uganda
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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  

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.

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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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  

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.

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  

I have had an incredible experience working with WGEF. The work that this organization does to aid the lives of so many women in Gulu, Uganda is admirable.

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  

Last fall I was able to travel with WGEF to Gulu and experience first hand the impact that the organization is having on the women they are working with. While I was in Gulu, the WGEF clients performed in the annual show, singing, dancing, and acting. The overarching theme for the performances was land reform and women's right to own land. It was an inspiring day! WGEF's services are providing women with support that effects every aspect of their lives. By WGEF combining social programs with microfinance they are not only helping women, but also their families and community. It is a great organization!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Through my experience as an intern for the Women's Global Empowerment Fund I have seen the direct impact that the organization has had on the women of Gulu. The combination of social programming with microfinance has been so meaningful for the women! WGEF is a great organization and the relationships that it creates among women in the United States and Uganda are beneficial for everyone.

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

I was able to meet Grace, a WGEF client, when she visited the US. I also worked on surveys that provided that WGEF was making an impact on the clients' food security.

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

I would want more funding for the organization so that we could help more women.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to listen to the founder, Karen Sugar speak and knew immediately that this was organization that I wanted to be involved with. The stories of the women that have been touched by WGEF are incredibly inspiring. Karen and the WGEF team have been very welcoming and I am extremely excited to be involved with an organization that is driven by their passion and hard work. There is no doubt in my mind that this organization will continue to transform the lives of many individuals in Gulu, Uganda.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

As a proud volunteer for WGEF for nearly five years. I have had the opportunity to see the organization's missions and values transform the lives of women in Northern Uganda. From surveys to face-to-face interactions with the women who benefit from the organization I can see a true sense of empowerment in the women. This transformation has spread to the families and communities surrounding the women-allowing for the voices of women to be heard. As a result of this empowerment and their financial improvements, women are being treated to equally to men and are having the ability to provide food, medications, and education for their families.

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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6 people found this review helpful

I began my internship with WGEF as a basic class project and fell in love with the organization. I have been interning ever since (over two years now). WGEF is what a grassroots organization is made out to be. While many nonprofits go in with a detailed plan of problems and solutions, WGEF serves the women in Northern Uganda by listening to what their needs and interests are. The director, Karen Sugar, has inspired me by her commitment and dedication to this mission.

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

I have personally experienced the results of this organizations through the feedback of the women in the program. The fact that their voices are being heard and they can finally afford to feed their families and send their children to school is huge.

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  

In my experience with various fundraising efforts, Women's Global Empowerment Fund has been well-run, efficient, and effective. I helped with fundraising campaigns for core initiatives and was always confident with how the money would be spent. The organization's staff members are passionate for the causes and work well within a growing organization given limited resources.

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?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had the privilege to travel to Gulu, Uganda in 2011 to work with WGEF. During my 3 weeks of work with current and past clients of WFEG and their staff I saw firsthand how this program is creating substantial change and opportunities for women. The most outstanding results I saw were: families eating more meals, children in school, collective community support, and an increase of female leadership in the community. One aspect of WGEF's program that I personally saw as an empowerment of the women is the literacy program. The effect of this education trickles down to the children and the community. Education, in my opinion, is a very important tool to assist people out of poverty. My hope is to continue to work with and support WGEF for years to come so that more women can join the program and the community in Gulu can continue to prosper by the sheer dedication and heart by the people themselves. I hope others will be in the position to do the same, knowing that the support and work is changing lives as we speak.

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?

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  

Working with the Women's Global Empowerment Fund was one of the most amazing and inspirational experiences I have had. As an intern, I was able to see first hand the difference WGEF makes in the lives of women in Uganda. The dedication and passion for the women is apparent in every program and every action of the organization. I am proud to say that I have had a chance to make a difference for women by working with this great organization!

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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Rating: 5 stars  

The WGEF has been an amazing organization to work with. I have already learned a lot about empowering women and making significant differences in the lives of women in Uganda. I have enjoyed my work and look forward to more projects and achieving the goals of the organization.

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

Seeing the work that is done is important for women in Uganda.

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