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Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance. --Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of The United Nations
An end of NWEP (Nkong women entrepreneurship program) evaluation
workshop was organized by NADEV on the 4th of July at Fako ship
plaza, Buea. This workshop was attended by members of civil society
organizations, chiefs of communities, beneficiaries, the Region Delegate for
women empowerment and the family Buea and of the Regional Delegate of social
This workshop came after a series of working sessions the
external evaluators held with staff of NADEV, meetings with the beneficiaries
and field visits in all the project areas. The evaluation, depicted certain
loopholes, recommendations and way forward so as to correct the wrongs of the previous
project and lay grounds for a successful new project. During the presentation
of the results the evaluators expressed satisfaction to the fact that project
ties with the millennium Development goal, which seeks to empower women and
achieve gender equality, especially through the loan scheme to small business
women. The evaluator also applauded the fact that all the trainings carried out
by the organization, involves local chiefs on the sensitization on women’s
economic and political rights as well as widow’s rights. He also commended the
linking of the NWEP project to NC4D, the use of groups as a vital aspect to be
part of the loan scheme.
The evaluator also used the testimony of Madam Fracisca Nkem
who is a tailor in Menji- Lebialem, who expressed joy as to how the loan scheme
and the trainings have changed her life. She explained that because of the
scheme she can now easily meet up with her obligations as a parent and most
importantly she was able pay a hospital bill 150,000 FRS for her son who was
seriously ill and subsequently travelled abroad and is now assisting the
The evaluator also underlined the need to create NC4D
branches in all project areas so as to ease disbursement of funds and recovery
as a whole. He urged the organization to come up with a training manual for
At the end of the
workshop interesting feedback came from the audience. One of such was the idea to mainstream
HIV/AIDS in their activities; project staff should emphasize on the importance
of saving and keeping records and this could be achieved through intensive
follow-up. Beneficiaries were also encouraged to practice added value or value
change development which is the act of processing their farm produce or engage
in other activities during low market periods. Moreover beneficiaries were also advised to save for health against
unforeseen circumstances. Some members of the workshop proposed that , the is a
need for NADEV to have a focal person for tax issues on the field so as to
assist the women on knowledge on tax
policies and laws in Cameroon and advice them on grace periods.
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With the end of NWEP (Nkong Women Entrepreneurship Project), the MRDF sent its programme Director; Mr. Guillaume Debar who together with NADEV staff, evaluated NWEP and set the ball rolling for NWEP II.
During his stay at NADEV, Guillaume worked with project staff in identifying the weaknesses of NWEP and working on them in a bid to avoid the same weaknesses in NWEP II. He underscored the fact that there exist a strong foundation in place and encouraged project staff to work on the weaknesses of the NWEP and maintain the strengths of the project.
According to to Guillaume, his visit went according to plan; field visits were well planed and every meeting with staff went on hitch free. Talking about his previous short-lived visit to NADEV, Guillaume described his visit as "eye opening" saying it a mix feeling of gratitude and happiness. He ended his visit by thanking Mr. Anu Vincent for his commitment towards the NWEP project and the running of NADEV as a whole. He also thanked staff for the collaboration during his visit and encourage them to keep the solid base they have established firm.
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As one of its mission to improve livelihood of the rural and urban underprivileged and marginalized, especially women and youth, Nkong Hill top organized a sensitization workshop on the Nkong Women Entrepreneur Project at MEME in a bid to provide loans through its Micro finance arm NC4D to women with business initiatives in order for them to sustain their businesses. This brief workshop took place in Kumba, on the 31st of January 2013 at the Women Empowerment centre. The workshop was attended by a good number of women who identified themselves in their various meeting groups such as; organized widows, central women, Bali women, Batchuntai women, SECUDA women amongst others. A total of fourteen social groups were represented.
The women expressing their joy, received the NADEV delegation with songs of welcome. During the workshop, the women were educated on the loan scheme. They were informed that, in order to receive the loan, you should first of all be a business woman, belong to a group of five persons, she must be a member of a known cultural group, she must live in the community, she must participate in training and meetings before and during project period, aged between 20-50, pay group loan form and pay an upfront five thousand francs pre-beneficiary fee. The women were also cautioned on the fact that before these loans are issued; their various businesses will be checked in order to be sure that their business will be capable of refunding the loan within the given period. In order to effectively educate the women, NADEV promised to organize a two-day workshop during which the women will receive detailed training on how the loan scheme operates. There was also provision for women to clear their doubts by asking questions.
More to the loan initiative, the workshop was also aimed at informing the women that NADEV also makes provision for group marriages at a very affordable rate. The women were told with ten thousand francs, have your civil wedding and receive a gift, light refreshment and a general cake. In order to be eligible, interested couples are to present; copies of their birth certificate, four passport size photographs (two for each), and four witnesses.
At the end of the workshop, the women were divided into groups of eight and each group had a question to answer after which they all presented their answers. After the workshop, an evaluation routine was conducted and the participants gave their remarks and recommendations for future meetings. The workshop closed with the sharing of launch packs to participants
Robin a researcher from Germany
has been conducting an experiment in the Southwest region of Cameroon in
M’muock Fosimondi regarding sunflowers,in collaboration with Green Step-a German based NGO. He has been working in the village since October, and is
planning on continuing his research until February 2013. His research will consist of
testing several sunflower seed varieties on different plots in the area,using
different organic fertilizers such as EM (effective-microorganisms) and fowl
droppings to test the seed’s productivity. So far, two varieties of seeds were planted in two separate plots.
Different seed varieties were also given out to the four primary schools Green
Step is currently working with regarding organic agriculture, to be planted on
their grounds by the students. The different seed varieties were planted at
least 1km apart to ensure cross-pollination does not occur.The aim of this research is to
see which of the sunflower seed varieties grows best in M’muock, and which ones
produce the highest yield of oil. It is believed that sunflowers have great
potential in M’muock during the dry season, as they need very little water to
grow. Sunflower seeds can be used to make sunflower oil, which is a healthy and
high in vitamin E. If the sunflowers are successfully grown, there is a high
possibility of creating a small-scale sunflower oil production business in
M’muock to generate income for its community. In order for this project to be
successful, trainings will need to be provided to the community members
interested in growing the sunflowers, as well as technical skills on how to
manage an oil producing business.
Nkong women entrepreneurship project ( NWEP ) is a project of nkong hill top that aims at reducing poverty among low income earning women through building their entrepreneurial skills , raising awareness of their rights and micro credit delivery. The project targets women in Fako, Meme and Lebialem Divisions, all of the south west region. So far, about 700 women have been reached with the project package and are expected to be running businesses. Monitoring of the project started with identification of the businesses of beneficiaries. This was aimed at knowing what the women do as business and where they are located. Presently, the field visit to the businesses of beneficiaries was aimed at coaching some selected beneficiaries with potential to grow to become small entrepreneur, also confirm the types of businesses of beneficiaries and ensure that they do proper book keeping of their businesses. We have visited Tiko, Buea, Moquo, Mutengene, Muyuka, Malende and Yoke. We noticed that women are involved in businesses such as petite trading, fashion and bar restaurants. Reports gotten from beneficiaries say that business is going well but for limited capital which hinders them from buying in bulk and making more profit. The next phase of monitoring exercise will look out for the profitability of these small businesses and how they can be improved. This will be clearly visible by looking at the business record of the businesses
Since 2012, Nkong Hill Top CIG, in partnership with IDH-Spain and its Cameroon partners BIRDCAM CIG, has been implementing the Functional Literacy Development Project (FALDEP) in Lebialem Division, South West Region.
In 2012, NCIG again organized a number of trainings on the 16th, 17th and 20th of June respectively to improve literacy among adults especially women in Mbeoh and Essoh Attah in Fontem and Bechati and Besali in Wabane Sub-Division. Some 60 women and 20 men were happy recipients of skills which entails the dispensation of functional aspects in house keeping including the production of basic necessities ( cube and powder soap, body lotion and biscuits ). The participants also learn improved methods on mushroom cultivation and preparation of compost to increase crop yields and income levels.
It has been Nkong Hill Top’s
routine (seasonal) activities to carry out capacity building in several domains
with a goal on improving the socio-economic status of the underprivileged and marginalized
within our community. On the 25th of May 2012 her management
organized a workshop in Tole, Buea to train women on mushroom cultivation
facilitated by Mr. John Enuge. The participants were drilled on the methods of
growing mushroom, he stressed that mushroom cultivation is easy and less
expensive to do, if the methods are followed carefully, then Tole women should
be ready to harvest mushroom after a few weeks of cultivation and their harvest
could be sold to raise income or used for family consumption. The women later
on put their knowledge into practice by going through the processes of
preparing seeds to the sowing and planting. Samples of the mushroom seedlings
where kept in a room where participants will have access to monitor and make
comments if possible. At the end of the workshop the facilitator agreed to return
back to Tole after two weeks for results.
reason the government of Cameroon has recognized the need to rationalize the
land tenure system. Cameroon’s land legislation since 1974 has largely eroded
customary rights over land and imposed the State as the owner of all
unexploited lands and forest. According to the law on land tenure rights,
ownership of land can only be claimed by possession of a land title or
certificate. Most local people do not even know the importance of a land title
let alone the procedure to obtain it. Paradoxically, the rich and elite class as well as cooperated bodies buy
up large expansions of land from the local poor establish land titles and push
them out. Tension has also been generated because of ignorance of the legal steps
to be followed by rural peasants who have been evicted from lands on which they
claim certain rights. Examples of communities that have been deprived of their
land due to the creation of large capitalist plantations are found in the South
West, Littoral and South Regions of the Country like the Coastal area of rich
volcanic soils. For the case of Forest Exploitation, the Communities are found
in the East and South Regions.
The 1974 Land Tenure Ordinance as announced by
the Head of State in Ebolowa in January 2011 is an opportunity to articulate
the interest of communities especially women and vulnerable groups with regards
to a secured land tenure that guarantees their Right to Food and a sustainable
livelihood. For this reason, on the 7th of June 2012, Nkong Hill Top organized a workshop at FakoShip Plaza in Buea to
reflect on the ordinance, which is bringing out some drawbacks in the ordinance
and looking at where modifications should be made to favour farmers,
women, marginalized groups and local communities.
In cooperation with the African
Development Bank,the Cameroon Government (through the Ministry of Energy and
Water Resources) intends to improve access to potable water and sanitation and
equally strengthen the sector’s managerial capacity. The project covers four
regions in the country (West, North West, South West and South). Within this
framework, Nkong HillTop (NCIG) has been engaged as a Local Support
Organization in assisting selected councils in Fako, Kupe Muannenguba and
Lebialem Divisions in the South West Region to improve on their drinking water
supply and sanitation infrastructure. To kick off, NCIG organized a workshop on
the 9th & 10th of May 2012 to train council works committee on monitoring
and evaluation of project activity.
Bamenda (Jan. 27) The Cameroon Movement for the Right to Food (CAMORIF), has released its 2012 ambitious action plan. The plan was conceived and validated by its executive members during a one day concentrated meeting in Yaounde.
According to the action plan, CEPCA is in charge with the preparation of the visit to Cameroon sometime in June of the visit of the Special Reporter of the Right to Food Movement. COMINSUD on its part will be busy with the distribution and the follow up of the parallel report that was represented to the CESCR recently in Geneva while information sharing initiatives and activities concerning the organization of the 2012 World Food Day in October will be managed by CHAMECC. The IAWRC was charged with making a trip to Buea and doing a special write-up on the plight of the striking workers of the Tole Tea Estate.
During the meeting, the executive members also reviewed the legalization documents of CAMORIF, its constitution and by-laws, the activities of the African Network to the Right to Food (RAPDA) and the visit of Mr. Fon Nsoh and Mrs Catherine Chofor to Geneva during the 47th CESRC session."We are making some good progress and we are respected because we are the first of the few African countries to have legalized our movement with an active executive and plan of action", Mr. FON NSOH, the president of CAMIROF-Cameroon, told the executive meeting. "This shows the seriousness of these in the executive bureau" the CAMORIF focal point for the South Region, Mr. Claire Ateba, added.
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