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August 25, 2014
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August 25, 2014
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As a new board member, I see the positive impact WGEF makes in the lives of women. I volunteered in Tanzania three years ago, and while I was teaching women I felt the impact wasn't enough because women didn't the ability to be financially stable on their own. WGEF starts planting the seeds for big changes through small loans to women. Women become empowered and positivity spreads!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

August 18, 2014

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August 18, 2014

As a new board member for the Women's Global Empowerment Fund I am completely blown away by what they are accomplishing with a small budget. WGEF funds women's micro loans, literacy programs, job training and other incredible services for women in Uganda. They have an amazing record of empowering women through loans that are not defaulted on and are truly changing lives. They also have a very impressive percentage of funds that go toward programming, which shows the determination of the small staff they have to change women's lives.

Ways to make it better...

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

Empower them to raise more money!!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

June 18, 2014

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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 progra... more

June 18, 2014

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

The more staff we can support in Gulu - the better!

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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

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!

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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

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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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

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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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

August 19, 2013

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August 19, 2013

I've had the privilege of being on the board of WGEF for most of this year. I'm extremely proud to volunteer and be associated with this organization and the work it's doing. I've spent considerable time on the ground in post-conflict northern Uganda where WGEF's programs are primarily based. Despite a challenging history, the women of this region are reclaiming a hopeful story for themselves and their families. They are at the center of WGEF's programs, led by the CreditPlus model which leverages micro finance to give empowerment opportunities to women's groups in and around Gulu district. WGEF has demonstrated great success with the programs, and the clients are shining examples in their communities. WGEF has a very small "footprint" as an organization- dollars are put directly to the programs, and Ugandans are in the lead of what is happening. The support of women's empowerment programs like this are so critical in today's world and in these contexts- I hope you'll consider supporting the work of WGEF!

Ways to make it better...

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

grow our platform so that more people could learn about the important work we're doing!

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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?

2013

October 17, 2012

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July 12, 2012

I am amazed at how much WGEF is able to accomplish with their funds. They continually are changing the lives of women in Northern Uganda, which impacts the whole family! The stories of women becomin... more

October 17, 2012

Women's Global has helped change the lives of women and their families in Gulu, Uganda. Through training women and providing them the funds to start businesses, Women's Global has empowered women and provided them with a way to earn money for their family. It is amazing to see the confidence these women develop as their businesses grow. Gulu needs Women's Global!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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?

2012

July 12, 2012

I am amazed at how much WGEF is able to accomplish with their funds. They continually are changing the lives of women in Northern Uganda, which impacts the whole family! The stories of women becoming empowered to start their own businesses, thereby providing food and stability for their families is inspirational!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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?

2012

September 7, 2011

Women's Global Empowerment Fund (WGEF) continues to grow and change the lives of women in Northern Uganda. 2011 has been a big year for WGEF. They expanded their loan program to include agricultural loans, a critical tool in addressing the rising food prices worldwide. Additionally in 2011, lifetime dollars lent out surpassed $100,000 and the default rate remains at 0%! Five WGEF clients ran for regional political offices and three won the race, enabling women a seat at the table and a voice in policy development! WGEF continues to empower women and thereby their families in Uganda.

The Great!

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

meeting with clients in Uganda and seeing firsthand how their lives have been transformed through WGEF's programs.

Ways to make it better...

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

get them more money to keep expanding their programs and changing more lives!

May 6, 2010

I have been a volunteer, donor, and eventually a Board Member for this phenomenal organization. I have been to Gulu, Uganda both before and after Women's Global started working there and the difference this organization has made is amazing! They have transformed the attitude of Ugandan women from one expecting people to give things to them to one of empowerment, self-confidence, and a desire to change their own lives. I have watched women learn to read and write, learn how to handle domestic violence issues, and start businesses. In particular, Grace was a women I knew in Gulu before Women's Global even existed. She was very quiet, with empty eyes and was always asking what I could give her - money for her daughter to go to school, money for medicine, etc. Two years later, after receiving a loan from Women's Global, I saw Grace again. This time, she was a confident women with joy-filled eyes. She didn't ask me for a thing, but told me about her business and how it was changing her life. Grace is now a peer-counselor, helping other women succeed in their businesses. There are so many more women out there, just like Grace, who are being reached by Women's Global and given a chance to change their own life!

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

the attitude and economic conditions of the women in Gulu, Uganda. Women who have received a loan from WGEF are visible throughout the city. As a result, they are able to better provide food and schooling for their children and are much more confident.

Ways to make it better...

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

not do a single thing differently than the current leadership.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing lives change as a result of the work done. It is such a joy to watch an insecure, poor woman be given a chance, and to see her be transformed into a confident, economically stable woman.

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

wonderful, both in the U.S. and in Uganda. The program manager in Uganda is such a mentor to the women, providing not just business support, but emotional support as well. They are a huge part of why WGEF is so well respected by the community they serve

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

completely change Uganda! So many women could receive loans to start businesses, could learn to read and write. With that much money, current programs could be expanded and new ones could be started - all the empower women and change lives!

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All of my experiences with WGEF have been phenomenal! They are a solid organization that is changing lives.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding! But that is the nature of non-profits!

One thing I'd also say is that...

WGEF is an amazing, well-run organization, that is impacting the women it serves and transforming lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 8, 2011

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September 8, 2011


Women's Global Empowerment Fund is one of those organizations that you just NEED to be a part of. It's a group of people who inspire you to be the best YOU possible,who remind you that others in need aren't a problem but a responsibilty. Seeing your efforts change Women's lives is
humbling...WGEF does an amazing job of focusing on the successes achieved in Uganda rather than the crisis that still remains. Helping these Women find their voice- their independence- their capability, is nothing short of awe inspiring and I am proud to be involved with an organization of this magnitude.

The Great!

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

through my board participation.

Ways to make it better...

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

add more board members.

March 26, 2011

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March 26, 2011

WGEF is a very powerful nonprofit organization helping women of Northern Uganda eradicate poverty and empower themselves, family and community. The core focus is to provide micro finance loans for women to pursue business oportunities. In addition, WGEF has created a literacy program which focuses on the educational development of women and children in Uganda.

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

Meeting the clients of WGEF and seeing the impact the work of the organization has to offer.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help others to understand the good that WEGF has on the impact of women in northern Uganda.

March 22, 2011

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March 22, 2011

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.

The Great!

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

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

enourage greater fundraisng participation within my local community.

March 17, 2011

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March 17, 2011

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.

The Great!

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

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!

Ways to make it better...

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

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

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

The work that WGEF does is both powerful and important, as so many others have said. I think, however, what really sets this organization apart is not the work that it does but the manner in which it does it. It is a simple yet highly effective model that is immediately embraced by everyone who comes into contact with it. By devoting nearly all of the resources directly to the clients it serves, and remaining true to its purpose and origins while still evolving for the clients' needs, Women's Global Empowerment Fund truly stands out among non-profits.

The Great!

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

the amazing testimonies of the clients and the black and white numbers showing its effectiveness.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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