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Mission: The mission of WGEF is to provide opportunities to women in 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 10,000 loans with zero defaults *Over 3500 participants in our literacy program *16 women have run for political office; 11 succeeding *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

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33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

KingaP

Board Member

Rating: 5

WGEF does an amazing job of implementing a full service micro finance program that actually works. Through a combination of literacy training, menstrual health initiatives, business training and fair lending practices this organization has given women the opportunities and education we take for granted to pull themselves out of the cycle of poverty. The local women of this program are not reliant on aid, but rather are now in a position to help provide much needed supplies to the refugees fleeing South Sudan. I cannot recommend this organization enough!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of traveling to Gulu, Uganda last October. I came as a journalist for Marie Claire magazine, where I am a senior editor, to report a story on the work the WGEF is doing there. During my time in Gulu, I got to meet all the movers and shakers that make it all happen, and I was so inspired by the amazing people who are making a huge impact in the community. When you empower women to become leaders, it truly makes a huge difference and it was clear to me that WGEF is accomplishing that in a huge way. If you'd like to read my story and learn more, here is a link: http://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/news/a25301/who-we-love-urban-decay/ Thank you!

1 mjpowl

Board Member

Rating: 5

When you realize that a small contribution can make such a huge difference to others, it's very hard to ignore impact we're able to make.

I had the pleasure of joining Women's Global Empowerment Fund in 2007 and I've witnessed how our efforts and our focus on women's empowerment have positively shaped the lives of 1000s of women and their families in a post-conflict region.

Women who were once marginalized are now successful business people who provide for themselves and their families while creating stronger socio-economic ties within their community.

Women's Global Empowerment Fund is a shining example of microfinance in action!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

When you realize what a large impact a relatively small amount of money makes to the lives of the clients of Women's Global Empowerment Fund, you begin to understand how small the world truly is.

WGEF empowers women through microcredit loans and social programming which directly and positively affects her life, the lives of her family and, to a larger scale, the quality of life within the community.

If you're familiar with the adage "When a butterfly flaps its wings," you'll understand the power and significance of WGEF's mission and results.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with WGEF for over two years now and am excited about how Women's Global Fund continues to directly empower women. The new Healthy Period Initiative (HPI) provides women with resources needed for their health while also enabling women to start the business. Women in Uganda come to WGEF with their business ideas and leave empowered. I love being part of this non profit which promotes leadership roles for amazing women!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Women's Global Empowerment Fund is doing amazing humanitarian work for women and families in Uganda; the organization has empowered many women and families through micro-lending that has funded new businesses, allowing families to earn income. That financial empowerment has lead to local women becoming involved with the political system, resulting in women running for and winning local elected positions. Women becoming part of the political landscape and having a say in the local government goes well beyond the "empowering" financial benefits that come from a micro-loan. WGEF has fulfilled (and will continue to fulfill) a truly beneficial mission.

Kelly199

Board Member

Rating: 5

Being on the board of WGEF has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. The women we work with in Uganda are unbelievably inspiring, hard-working, and determined. I feel very fortunate to be involved with an organization that impacts lives so deeply.

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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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mmuggs

Board Member

Rating: 5

Women's Global Empowerment fund is doing such important and impactful work. Their efforts in giving women access to small loans is matched with their programs in literacy, political rights for women in Uganda, health and many other meaningful programs. It's apparent that WGEF is making a major difference in women's lives based on the consistent, positive responses from women in the program. And, this year 10 women associated with WGEF ran for some type of political office, with 6 winning. This is a true testament to what power women can have when they have resources and support.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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empowerment 08/19/2014

Thank you MMuggs! So glad to be on this journey with you!

Board Member

Rating: 5

WGEF, lead by Executive Director/Founder Karen Sugar, is a superb example of taking the complicated system and culture of oppression and undermining it by empowering women through leadership, art, literacy, education, citizen journalism, and financial stability.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I chose to join the board of WGEF in 2015. A lot of friends have thought it obscure, but I found it to be the perfect choice for me to make a difference.

Why Uganda? Google it. You will understand why in less than two minutes. Ugandans have experienced some of the greatest crimes to humanity in VERY recent years. Additionally, our help can go a long way in this country. Money goes a long way in Uganda and it's one of the countries that we can get into to help, unlike many other countries with similar problems.

Why women? Of the strife that occurred in Uganda, women and children bore the major brunt, not having access to education, work, etc. WGEF gives these women a chance for education and business opportunities - so they may change the stories for themselves and their children and the women have done this gusto. The varieties of business, the scope, and the successes of these women is nothing short of impressive.

Why THIS nonprofit? Because it works, quite simply. Many NGOs that have stepped into Africa, although having good intentions, brought with them the assumption that "westerners" know best. Well, in Africa, oftentimes, we don't. WGEF employs Ugandans who work at the ground level, to keep the pulse of what is needed in their region. The executive director of WGEF visits Uganda regularly and talks to the clients to see what else may be needed. And the results have been fantastic. Women's lives are being changed, one at a time, and the successes are more than many of us ever dreamed possible in such a short amount of time.

THAT'S why I choose to work with WGEF.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I had the honor of visiting Gulu with WGEF founder, Karen Sugar, in the fall of 2014. Seeing the work that the organization does firsthand was inspiring - so much so that I joined the Board on our return. WGEF is changing lives in Northern Uganda. They are teaching women how to read, how to generate an income, and how to advocate for themselves. Through all of this they are giving women a way out of poverty and the most amazing gift ever - the power to choose how to live their lives. I am constantly humbled by the kindness and resourcefulness of our clients. Women's Global Empowerment Fund is in a class by themselves.

Margo4

Board Member

Rating: 5

Women's Global is one of the most effective organizations in terms of the long term benefits provided to the women, families and communities WGEF empowers. Every dollar donated to WGEF goes so far, I am consistently amazed and impressed by the things Karen Sugar and her teams in Denver and Gulu are accomplishing.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Change one person's life and you change an entire family. Change a family's life and you change the entire community. That's what WGEF is doing in Gulu, Uganda. They are empowering women to change their life--in all areas--family, work, health, leadership, and politics. In turn, the women not only shift, but that bring that sense of hope and possibility back to their children and families as well. This is where the magic happens. It is in these shifts and changes that entire communities are redefined.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I originally met Karen Sugar when I moved to Denver in the summer of 2012. She was so inspirational that I immediately wanted to get involved with WGEF. Since then, I have volunteered in various capacities, including my current role as a Board member. This is a great non-profit!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5


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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.