Having interned with WGEF for six months and volunteered with them for several weeks in Uganda, I can say with confidence that this organization is truly outstanding. Unlike so many organizations these days, they are committed to the communities they serve. Staff develops
Mission: The mission of WGEF is to provide opportunities to women thru economic, social and political programs; creating opportunities while strengthening families and communities. Our goal is to work for social justice, increased human security and women's empowerment.
Results: *Over 18,000 loans with zero defaults
*Over 4500 participants in our literacy program
*Over 500 women trained and serving in leadership positions across the region
*Access to Justice team, 22 trained Peer Counselors working in the community to assist with issues around accessing justice, navigating challenges and finding solutions.
*Recently opened Gulu Women's Resource Centre
*Our latest health initiative, Health Periods Initiative, addresses the issue of menstrual health, and the challenges women face with regards to access, hygiene and socio-cultural stigma. The Healthy Periods Initiative – improving health, creating livelihoods.
Target demographics: Women and families
Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands of women and families create sustainable livelihoods and futures.
Geographic areas served: Northern Uganda
Programs: Microfinance, Literacy, Leadership Development and Health Initiatives
Having interned with WGEF for six months and volunteered with them for several weeks in Uganda, I can say with confidence that this organization is truly outstanding. Unlike so many organizations these days, they are committed to the communities they serve. Staff develops long-standing relationships with clientele, and their strategy is holistic in its approach to health, social justice, financial wellness, etc. Also unlike many larger nonprofits, they make a concerted effort to channel the vast majority of funds directly to programming. The women they work with are making huge strides in their ability to provide for their families and give back to their communities. An incredible model of the ways in which empowering women can begin to shape a brighter future for an entire community!
I joined the board of WGEF last year and am now serving as the board chair. This organization is doing a wonderful job of not only providing loans to women in Northern Uganda but also giving them the opportunity to learn. WGEF's classes in literacy, Non-violent gender training, peer counseling all have broadened the women's skills and experience. In addition, the loan fund has given them the ability to improve their economic life. The loans and the education have spread to the extended community and are creating systemic change, not only in the women's lives but those of their children and husbands. It is an exceptional organization.