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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Economic Development, International, International Economic Development, Microfinance, Women, Womens Rights

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

Community Stories

51 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Women's Global continues to do amazing work in Gulu, northern Uganda. Karen and her team have an inspiring commitment to providing resources and access to leadership opportunities for women and families. In the recent Ugandan elections, 6 women from the program were elected to district or division office - lifting their voices! New parternships have allowed WGEF to grow their programs and provide the additional resources that women have requested. We're excited about the new opportunities in 2016 and beyond!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Rachel H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Kyle F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Blake B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Jennifer99

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.