Recently, several representatives of WE had an opportunity to meet with Jackson Kaguri, the extraordinary individual whose efforts led to the establishment of the Nyaka Grannies Project in southwest Uganda. In 2014, WE contributed $25,000 to the project, committing to an additional $32,000 for 2015. The project provides access to credit to some 7000 grannies caring for 43,000 grandchildren orphaned as a result of AIDS.
Women's Empowerment will conduct a site visit of our Grannies Project in southwestern Uganda from July 20 – 24, 2015, and all WE members are welcome to join. The trip will include meeting with the Nyaka staff, visiting the Grannie groups and speaking with clients who have received loans and those who still need them. WE participants pay their own expenses for the trip. It’s an invaluable opportunity to see WE’s work in action, and
Microfinance programs offer poor people access to basic financial services, such as micro-loans, savings, training and micro-insurance, and is widely recognized as a just and sustainable solution to alleviating global poverty. Small loans - often less than $100 - are provided to poor women to start or expand businesses. Unlike commercial loans, no collateral is required. Instead, women borrowers form into groups, with each member guaranteeing the other members' loans.
Women's Empowerment (WE) is proud to announce a new partnership to provide business loans to women who work in the sex trade in Tijuana start new businesses, through Via International, a service organization based in San Diego and dedicated to building "paths to self-reliance for an interdependent world." Via has successfully helped address community needs since 1975.
Paula Chavira lives in Buena Vista, Sonora and is a single parent of four. She wisely used her cooking skills and a loan from Grameen de la Frontera – WE’s partner bank for the poor in Mexico - to start a tamale business in her home town. She is now able to support her children as they attend school.
In fact, her eldest daughter, an excellent student, received a highly competitive scholarship from Grameen de la Frontera. This allows her to follow her aspirations to become a dermatologist.Read more...