Stories tagged with Cameroon

Feb 2, 2012 CM Cameroon

Compiled by Allison Moomey | KF16 & KF17 | Bénin 

KF17 fellows have made their way out into the field. Some to more tropical locations, such as Michael Slattery who took this picture in Togo, and some to the bitter cold found in Mongolia.

KF17 fellows have now made their way into the field, which means new workplaces, new countries, and new cultures for us all. Even more importantly it means fascinating new blog posts from every corner of the globe for you...

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Feb 2, 2012 CM Cameroon

Natalie Sherman | KF 17 | Cameroun

They have an air-conditioned waiting room, tiny espresso mugs, an executive director that knows how to make a good joke, and a long-standing record of excellent customer service.  They are a poverty-busting force to be reckoned with. Yep, there are some new kids in town.  Who are they?  ACEP Cameroun, one of Cameroon’s top four microfinance institutions, Kiva’s newest pilot partner, and the MFI I get to work with closely over the next four months of my Kiva fellowship.

ACEP Cameroun’s headquarters in...

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Aug 8, 2011 CM Cameroon

Typical Latrine in Rural Cameroon

Faith Garlington, KF15

GHAPE (Grounded and Holistic Approach for People’s Empowerment)

Bamenda, Cameroon

This photo may not be recognized immediately as a toilet, bathroom, or water closet. Or, it may be considered indecent for publishing on a civilized blog such as the Kiva Fellows Blog. Justifiably, blogs typically highlight the hardworking entrepreneurs who are fighting poverty. But in...

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Jul 7, 2011 CM Cameroon

Compiled by Kate Bennett, KF15, Ecuador

GHAPE (Grounded and Holistic Approach for People’s Empowerment) representative conducts Basic Needs Test interview in Bafut, Cameroon

Last week the Fellows Blog gave us glimpses into life on the ground for Kiva fellows, Kiva borrowers, and that unique moment when those lives are brought together by a Kiva loan! Whether riding in Daniel’s bush taxi on the way to work in South Africa,...

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Jul 7, 2011 CM Cameroon

Basic Needs Test Interview

Faith Garlington, KF15

GHAPE (Grounded and Holistic Approach for People’s Empowerment)

Bamenda, Cameroon

At GHAPE (Grounded and Holistic Approach for People’s Empowerment) in Cameroon, new borrower centers are established only in areas identified as mostly poor. Individual borrowers are also screened using a tool called the Basic Needs Test to determine whether they qualify as potential...

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Jul 7, 2011 CM Cameroon

Compiled by Kathrin Gerner, KF15, Togo

The Ile de Gorée in Senegal (by Tim Young)

This week, the Kiva fellows invite you to accompany them across Africa and South and Central America: Take a walk in the streets of San Salvador. Improve your language skills by adding a few words in three of South Africa’s most widely spoken languages to your vocabulary. Look poverty in the face in Cameroon. Continue by learning more about the latest riots in Senegal. Find...

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Jul 7, 2011 CM Cameroon

Science Club from a Local High School

Faith Garlington, KF15
GHAPE (Grounded and Holistic Approach to People’s Empowerment)

Bamenda, Cameroon

In the United States, we see countless images meant to represent poverty in Africa that focus on civil unrest, starving children, HIV/AIDS, and other diseases. The images come from our media, our government, even charities and NGOs working to fight the affects of poverty. But...

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Jun 6, 2011 CM Cameroon

Compiled by Kate Bennett, KF15, Ecuador

A Togolese street vendor: Inventory on the head, baby on the back

Last week our internationally-scattered Kiva Fellows introduced us to some of the men and women that compose the sixty countries in which Kiva works. From the woman in Cameroon who represents the strength of her nation; to the Phillipino men that must migrate from their country to make a living; to the young men and...

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Jun 6, 2011 CM Cameroon

Faith and Eunice at her farm

Actually, we trekked and climbed about 5 miles to visit Eunice’s farm, and our path was much easier than her typical route.  Eunice is a GHAPE borrower and a farmer.  She grows potatoes, corn, and beans.  Then she sells the vegetables to people from her home.  Traveling to the closest market in Belo would be much too far.  I rode for 30 minutes on a motorbike to reach her village, and the 5 miles that we hiked together was only the portion of the...

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Jun 6, 2011 CM Cameroon

Compiled by Kathrin Gerner, KF15, Togo

This week, the fellows in Africa continue to get their bearings in the field. Learn about the importance of trust in Cameroon, find out how political instability affects businesses and microfinance in Uganda, and take a trip to a fellow’s country mountain home in Cameroon.

Trust: Members of a trust group in Rwanda wait for their loan together (by Carolyn Nold)

Instability and Microfinance in Kampala...

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