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!
I began volunteering with Women's Global Empowerment Fund (WGEF) earlier this year. I was immediately welcomed into the organization and feel I have been given meaningful tasks and am a part of the team. I was initially drawn to volunteer with WGEF because their mission of achieving women's empowerment through microfinance was in alignment with my interest in feminist and gender studies. I am inspired by WGEF's commitment to making systemic social and economic change for women in Gulu, Uganda. The voices of participants in the organization are always considered when making decisions about programing. Ugandan women advocated for the issues they saw in their community and WGEF was responsive in creating programs to meet those needs. In particular WGEF has a literacy program, an agriculture program and recently began a drama festival where women use theater as a vehicle to express criticism of the patriarchal status quo. It has been a wonderful experience serving on the resource development committee board and I look forward to my continued involvement with Women's Global Empowerment Fund. -Laura
Women's Global Empowerment Fund does amazing work in post-conflict Nothern Uganda, alleviating poverty by giving women access to education and helping fight for agricultural rights. Their dedication to this country is unparalleled, and the women they serve have seen positive changes in their community that will never be undone. Microfinance loans and literacy programs have been tremendously successful in giving these women the tools they need to earn a sustainable income.
Women's Global Empowerment Fund helps empower underserved women of Uganda with microfinance and education. The mission is inspiring and the results are incredible! I am thrilled to have become a part of this organization and to help create positive change for women.
I have now been volunteering with Women's Global Empowerment Fund for over a year, and in that time have been able to see the impact this organization makes, both for women in Gulu, and here in the States. The bond between the women participating in the program and the people "across the pond" raising funds and awareness is overwhelming. I am so grateful for the opportunity to meet the inspirational men and women involved in WGEF!
As a volunteer for WGEF I have been incredibly impressed by the (direct) positive impacts that microfinance has on the lives of the women in the program. I myself am constantly motivated and inspired by this revolutionary concept and the way that WGEF has personalized and improved upon the experience from client to volunteer. For example, their literacy program and peer counseling program have created new dimensions to improve the lives of their clients beyond just the financial aspect.
I help to plan events to raise funds for WGEF. Last fall we had the great pleasure to welcome one of our clients and our Program Director for a visit to Denver from Gulu, Uganda. Our client, Grace, spoke eloquently of how she had been able to start five businesses with her loans from WGEF. These businesses now employ other women, and the income allows her to provide three meals a day for her family and to cover the school fees for each of her four children. In addition, her husband now includes her in family decisions, and she even recently won a political office to represent women in her community. She credits the skills she has learned through her involvement with WGEF with her ability to display this kind of leadership. This is just one of the many success stories of WGEF. This organization has done so much with relatively limited resources. The loans and services provided by WGEF truly are transforming lives in a previously war torn area.
I work as pro bono legal counsel to WGEF and have been involved, outside of work, with fundraising and spreading the word about this great organization. Having spoken to, and seen correspondence from, women who have been able to improve their lives, not only from the loans they get, but from the mentoring program and literacy program that WGEF runs, I am really proud to be part of the "team".
I have been associated with Women's Global Empowerment Fund for about one year. It is a wonderful organization run by a truly dedicated and inspirational leader, Karen Sugar. The work of the WGEF helps thousands of women in Uganda, giving them the resources and opportunities to sustain themselves and their families. WGEF has positively changed the lives of so many people, and I am grateful for the opportunity to help in any way I can.
In the short time I have worked with WGEF, I have been personally inspired by the work that they are able to accomplish. Karen Sugar and the staff of WGEF has been able to change the everyday lives of women and their families in a way that many of us take for granted.
I originally began with WGEF as a way to receive credit for a class through volunteering. I stayed because I believe in the mission of WGEF. A world wide issue has been brought to a local level in the small way one can change a life. I have also reviewed other microfinance models and it cannot be unsaid that the Credit Plus model is superior among the rest.
WGEF is an incredible organization I have 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.
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