Spotlight: IRENE NAKACHWA

Age 30, 4 children, Arts and Crafts When you look at Irene you see a free woman. It’s in her eyes, it’s in her smile, it is in the way she carries herself and in the pride she takes in her work. Irene is no longer in captivity and neither is her voice. She has…

Spotlight: Jennifer Nabukenya

JENNIFER NABUKENYA. Age 46. 2 children. Arts & Crafts. Jennifer is usually one of the first women to show up at the center for class and is hardly ever absent. When she can’t make it, you sense the void of her contagious energy. Her voice is husky and her laugh hearty. She usually has a…

Cooperatives, Group Savings & Microfinance

One of the most magical things about the Glow Effect Centre is the camaraderie you find within. Despite the odds, women have defied the norms by standing up for themselves and coming together to form a group based on the desire to forge a better life for their families and their communities and break the cycle…

Why we work with women

There are many arguments for women’s empowerment that you can easily find on the internet. Nearly every organization from USAID to the UN and every local and international NGO in between will tell you that women are the “cornerstone to development”. Women are “untapped potential”. They contribute to 80 % of the hours of work but…

Systems Thinking & Sustainable Development

I have recently finished the book Systems Thinking: A Primer, by Donella Meadows. If you have ever wondered to yourself how the world works, or how certain things about how we run the world don’t seem to work at all, this book is essential reading. Meadows writes, “Every thing we think we know about the…

Turning learning into action

Since obtaining the results of our pioneer program and realizing just how far our participants have come, I realized it is high time  to turn the new knowledge and skills the ladies have learned into action. When I arrived the energy was still high, and women happily gathered together to create and share their stories with me….

The Glow Effect Centre for Women & Girls: Week 1

I have arrived in Uganda and am getting settled in Kasaali, a small village 10 miles outside of Masaka. Straddling the equator, I am surrounded by small plantations of banana trees, coffee plants, cassava and coco yams. The sun shines directly overhead, drying the dirt roads until they crack. We are in the middle of…