How I Encouraged Income-Generating Activities as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon

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As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon from 2006 to 2009, I worked with microfinance institutions, entrepreneurs, and groups interested in earning more money.

This presentation was given at the Peace Corps & Africa 50th Anniversary conference at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on March 25, 2011.

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How I Encouraged Income-Generating Activities as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cameroon

  1. 1. How I Encouraged Income – Generating Activities<br />Caroline Anderson<br />Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Cameroon, 2006-2009<br />
  2. 2. Small business advisor to network of 23 village banks in the Extreme North for 2 years<br />Technical assistance (auditing, training) for local bank managing committees<br />
  3. 3. Publicity<br />Fliers & public meetings to increase membership & savings<br />
  4. 4. Training local leaders<br />Improved methods for <br />analyzing loan applications, following up on microprojects, <br />& recovering unpaid loans<br />
  5. 5. Business classesWomen’s Center & for groups<br />Instruction in feasibility studies, action plans, basic accounting, budgets, marketing, business plans, and leadership<br />
  6. 6. Business Advising<br />Individual advice to entrepreneurs<br />
  7. 7. 3rd Year with the United Nations Development Program<br />Regional Office Manager of the Grassroots Poverty Reduction Sub-Program, Soudano-Sahelian Zone<br />
  8. 8. Supervisory Visits<br />Monitored & evaluated performance of 35 income-generating projects<br />
  9. 9. Planning workshops<br />Assured proper implementation of 28 new income-generating projects<br />
  10. 10. Selection of new projects<br />Funding approved for 27 microprojects = 105 million CFA francs (roughly $200,000)<br />
  11. 11. Empowerment through IGAs<br />Earning money allows families to send children to school, access health care, and work for a brighter future<br />

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