News

IMG_20171204_113139

The GMM EnKindle Cameroon Swiss partners, Informatik Fur Africa, visited and donated Computer and sporting equipment for capacity building of rural youths in Cameroon. You can join us as we equip women and youths with vocational skills. These enable them to be able to live self sustainable lives and make independent financial decisions.

IMG_20180106_143840[1]

Most rural women in Cameroon find life really very difficult for them when they lack the skills to generate income for themselves. Through various capacity building initiatives these women are able to take leadership in their own destinies. EnKindle Cameroon has been training young girls with hands on business skills while at the same time sponsoring them to learn a skill or trade. There are young women who have done computer training, hairdressing, knitting, designing, arts, cookery etc. These acquired skills have enabled some to gain employment or start up their own training workshops.

You can help EnKindle Cameroon to enable young women learn skills and be able to make independent financial decisions. They will wade off poverty and join in the task of educating their children, thus creating a sustainable society.

GMM EnKindle Cameroon graduation 2017 2

While providing hands on business and leadership training to rural women in Cameroon, EnKindle Cameroon has also been equipping their children with vocational skills which enhance employment opportunities. On the 16th of August 2017, 15 youths were graduated in computer software applications. This was made possible with assistance from our mother organization GMM Africa and from Informtik Afrika - Switzerland. We are happy most of these youths trained receive commitment through employment or by setting up their own businesses. If you feel to sponsor a rural youth learnGMM ENKINDLE CAMEROON GRADUATION 18 a trade, do contact us to get details. gmm enkindle cameroon graduation 19

GMM ENKINDLE CAMERON GRADUATION 14GMM EnKINDLE cAMEROON GRADUATION 5

EnKindle Cameroon, family from Baingoh

We were very happy at the EnKindle Cameroon office when one grandmother, Nini Bridgit Funyang, from a community called Baingoh, brought her two grand sons pleading that we look for a way so that they continue their education to a higher level. Listening to her, we got how much she has struggled since they lost their parents, just to make sure these children do not drop out of school. It was an interesting story. This woman had taken their children farther in their education just because of her tenacity. If women copy her example a lot of  good will be achieved for children at moments they lose their pillars of support.

As we look for ways to see if we can help the boys move further, we appreciate this grandmother whose love for children's education is of utmost importance.

We believe that if rural women are economically empowered, they will make sure their children have a good education.

women training Hamonites 3

When rural women embark on an income generation activity, this solves a lot of problems in their lives. One who has lived in a rural community in Cameroon can bear witness of how women struggle because they expect their needs to be met by someone else.  At EnKindle Cameroon we continue to provide hands on business training to rural women which discovers and ignites their passions. To have details of how this training is done you can contact us at our contact page .

Training at GMM EnKindle Cameroon 18

Why I work for Rural Women Economic Rights

Teh Francis Dream speech

I am Teh Francis, founder and director of Goodness and Mercy Missions, and then the EnKindle Cameroon Project, an initiative developed after some transformation at the kanthari training in India.  I am also a pastor and have served in this capacity since 1996. Goodness and Mercy Missions was founded in 2007 to provide tools to the underprivileged for a sustainable livelihood. The key programs are child sponsorship and fighting for the rights of rural women so they can make independent financial decisions.

People often ask me why I work for the economic rights of women while a man. Why should I not just let the women do it for women? The challenge first came when I was defending a project in 2011 with the World Bank Development Market Place competition in Yaounde. The Project was Children’s Education through Women Empowerment. At the kanthari training in India in 2016 I was often asked this question during hot seats sessions and this question came again after I delivered my dream speech at kanthari in December of 2016.

I suffered trying to obtain an education for myself and more so because my mother was unable to make independent financial decisions of her own. I was born into a polygamous family. My father had more than one wife and several children. With only a meager income from his coffee farm he was unable to provide a good education for us children. I passed through primary school without text books except with an English Reader my father bought for us when in class three. The first years in primary school I went without shoes except some slippers my mother sold vegetables and bought for me. As I look back, it was only by sheer luck that I did not drop out of primary school. And when I completed primary school the next four years of my life were spent working on cocoa farms with a relative at almost no pay. It was only later that I caught up with formal education. I remember an episode in 1993, when bothered with failure to further my education; I sat on the bed, wept out my lungs, took pen and paper and scribbled the words, “yearning for school for many years”.

My mother, dear mother, she always wanted to help, but in those days rural women were made to depend on men for any major financial decisions. I still remember the desire in my mother’s eyes, the wish, the longing for me to continue education but it was a shame in those days even for rural women to think of improving their lot financially. One good example was when my mother wanted to sell maize at the market, she could not take more than 20 litres to the market for fear that the community will begin to laugh at her, to say she is a woman and has an eye on money. Occasionally my mother would send us to market with some maize under cover of the dark before anyone could see us go to market.

The story of my mother is the story of several rural women. With traditional gender stereotypes the situation of rural women has not changed much. Some women still feel guilty handling a reasonable amount of money as their own. There was a day I gave a rural woman some money and her hands shook when I told her, it was all her own. That experience, I did not really like.

From my primary schools days, and when I started working with rural communities, I have always felt that something should be done to address the situation of rural women. I have always believed that if my mother had had the means life in school would have been lot easier for me. Upon all the children in my father’s compound I am the only one who has gone to school to a certain level. Had their mothers had the means, they too would not have dropped out of school. If women are empowered economically, they will make sure their children have a good education and the economies of their communities too will be strong. I have always looked forward to the day when rural women shall be able to make independent financial decisions, when children like me no longer yearn for school for many years because their mothers look on, willing to help but being not able to.

 

4

enkindle cameroon training

The New Encyclopedia of Language and Education defines “the literacy myth” as the belief, “that the acquisition of literacy is a necessary precursor to and invariably results in economic development, democratic practice, cognitive enhancement, and upward social mobility…” It further goes on to say that the benefits associated with literacy cannot be attained in other ways or associated with other factors whether economic, cultural, political or individual. I seem to totally agree with this. I love education. EnKindle Cameroon encourages education at all levels. But our interaction with illiterate rural women who do not have any prospects of being literate in any way have made us question the truth of the literacy myth in its totality.

We have heard women who never went to school spoke wisdom, thought systematically and exercised creativity at many levels. We begin to wonder. How is knowledge perceived? Is it only through learning how to read and write? Or, has the “literacy myth’ not barred several talented uneducated people to showcase their potentials?

We at EnKindle Cameroon seek to discover and exploit the potentials in underprivileged rural women who never went to school through the hands on business and leadership training. This training helps them to discover and ignite their individual passions.

EnKindle Cameroon, Women

As EnKindle Cameroon begins training of rural women in Cameroon, we discover with excitement that rural women have  lots of potentials that only need enkindling. We watched women share their leadership and business skills with one another. The women receive hands on business training which enables them to discover and convert their passions into reality. They also do Table Banking which serves as a source of funds for their individual ventures.  You can contact us for details about the training and on each of the women groups.

 

sabina ken2Her name is Sabina Ken, a hard working woman and  a mother of seven.  She is from the Hamonites Women group, Twantoh, Belo Sub Division of Cameroon. With her husband visually impaired she has been struggling to have her children get a good education. Life has been so hard for her. Her life best illustrates the frustration that comes with living a life of dependency. Fortunately, she is receiving leadership and hands on business training for rural women at the EnKindle Cameroon training program. This will enable her to be assertive and also make independent financial decisions.

Her interest is to do retail business. After the training she will need enough capital to set up this business. She can have this from their groups' Table Banking fund which needs up scaling so that members can have enough to borrow from. To know more about the group, just drop us a note.