“I feel like I matter, from today instead of focusing on just survival, being given the opportunity to access credit for the first time then I have a new beginning and confidence begin to looking for ways to thrive in my life.”
Jennifer – WGEF Client, Omoro District
For over 25 years, I have been committed to understanding the complexities around poverty, inequality and justice. It is through this in-depth examination I founded WGEF and created the Credit Plus Model. What I discovered is that there are more than a few things you cannot learn in books, board rooms or well-constructed data: the resiliency of the human spirit, the tenacious desire to create, and the true meaning of sisterhood.
Working in a post-conflict region in Africa, with people who have experienced brutality, injustice and voicelessness, taught me more than I could have ever learned in the halls of academia, online, house of worship or a Ted Talk. It is a great gift, to truly know the capacity of human beings when treated with dignity and respect; supported through programs that amplify their voices and reclaim their communities. Every day WGEF works hard to ensure every woman in our program is supported to access resources, make choices and determine life outcomes – the definition of empowerment.
At the heart of our program is the most amazing and ‘least sexist’ man I have ever known, Bukneya Muusa. Make no mistake, this transformative and relevant program would not exist without my colleague, who has worked tirelessly every day for the last 10 years. His leadership has enabled WGEF to have assembled a most amazing staff; committed young Ugandans working in their communities to create change, fighting for equality, justice and families every day.
As I write this, it is seemingly a time of great upheaval in our world; live, give and work in your local and global community. We are all connected and together we can continue to work towards equality and justice. Thank you for your ongoing support of WGEF.