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Aug 5, 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 19, 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 5, 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 we see very...

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Jun 21, 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 4, 2011 CM Cameroon

Hiking in the chilly mountain atmosphere fills me with nostalgia for the sounds and smells of home – wood-burning fires, soft rain, gentle streams, and incredibly lush vegetation. My co-worker and new friend Princewill has even heard of Dolly Parton, which inspired the blog title because Miranda, another co-worker and budding friendship, was joking about hosting us in her country mountain home. And yet, here I am in a new place on “the other side of the world.”

After three full days of travel to arrive at my Kiva Fellowship placement with GHAPE (Grounded and Holistic...

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