Teen Mother Empowerment in Cameroon

Jul 7, 2014

Women Groups in Tiko Sub-Division Embraces Financial and Entrepreneurial Education

Women brain storming on task
Women brain storming on task

Friends, Supporters and Donors,

In the conference Hall of the Tiko Rural Council, Tiko Sub division, Cameroon marked the opening of the second workshop - Women in Financial and Entrepreneurship Education (WIFEE). The training was participatory in nature. Trainers and participants manuals on the subject matter were produced and used as a basis for facilitation. 30 participants from fifteen women group in Tiko were in attendance. Thr gorups represented were: Upper Block Bakossi women, Kosline Women, Njuh Womem, Bamungo women, Widows association, Resourceful women, Grand North, Mewocuda, ISENEISE, ELA, Helping Hands women,. NYA, Sawa women, Wimbum Women and , Bafut Ngwujang Women.

The first day; June 19, 2014 activities consisted of introductory activities including the opening ceremony and the delivery of the first three Modules:
00 Reception and Introduction to workshop;
01 Introduction to Financial Management and;
02 Voucher Systems, Bank Reconciliation and Financial Statements
On June 20, 2014, which was the second and last day of the training, activities focused on knowledge and skills building, through group presentations and exercises as contained in Modules 3, 4 and 5 namely:
03 Accountability and leadership
04 Budgeting, Distribution of Overheads, Audits
05 Managing Asset, and Action Plan,
After the presentation of the last module, there was both oral and written evaluation. The training employed techniques to enhance participants’ capacity of recording and reporting transactions for accountability and transparency in women groups and help them manage their finances and businesses in their individual/group business endeavors.

The workshop was facilitated by Mrs Clemence , Caroline, Favour, Tassa,  Mr Sulaiman and Williams from Tiko, Limbe, Yaounde and Buea
A mix of methods was used for the workshop. They are as follows:
• Participant observation
• Role play
• Brainstorming
• Case study, group work and group presentation
• Question and answers
• Practical Experiences
• Power point presentation
• Energizers

The women expressed regret about the duration of the training workshop which was too short for all the training modules. It was felt that future workshops should be of a week’s duration at least to deepen their knowledge. They were also very appreciative of the methods used by the facilitators and organizers. They said, the participatory approaches used at all levels of the training had invigorated them and enhanced their willingness to acquire knowledge for simulation. New horizons had opened up for them about issues of financial management, reporting and business management in groups/individuals. They therefore pledged their commitment to utilize the skills and knowledge acquired in training others to become empowered on financial management/reporting and accounting issues as well.

We look forward to you continued support for the next workshops in Muyuka, Limbe Rural and limbe Urban

Group presentation
Group presentation
group photos
group photos
May 20, 2014

Women Groups on Financial and Entrepreneurial Education in Buea, Cameroon

Buea Women After two days of Financial Training
Buea Women After two days of Financial Training

Dear Friends and Supporters,

The first of the five financial training workshops for women groups in Fako Division, Cameroon, took place as planned in Buea Subdivision on May 16 and 17, 2014 at the Buea Cultural Center ( Near Regional Delegation for Women empowerment and family promotion). Eighteen women from ten women groups took part in the training session. They were schooled by five facilitators from Limbe, Buea and Yaounde’ on:

Day one- How to manage Accounts & Finances in women groups, how to develop and update the Financial Management Policy of the group, Group Managing Bank Transactions and , Group Maintaining Cash Book.
Day two - Objectives and Procedures for Purchases in Groups, How to maintain Stock and assets Register, How to develop Financial Planning and Budgeting, How to develop Financial Reports in groups, internal control and Audit of groups, Asset management and, Action plan for financial management.

Mobilising resources for these workshops has not been easy. We are grateful to Girl Effect Fund of Global Giving USA  for their continued support in impacting our community girls and women in need.

Do not be left out, we count on your support. Be part of Women in Financial and Entrepreneurial Education (WIFEE) in Cameroon.

We look forward to; you joining us in the next training sessions of June, July, August and  September 2014 in Tiko, Muyuka and Limbe Subdivisions respectively.

Women on Group Session 1
Women on Group Session 1
Women during Lunch
Women during Lunch
May 5, 2014

Mutual Health and Financial Literacy for Women Groups in Cameroon

Financial Literacy Training planning
Financial Literacy Training planning

Friends and Donors,

After one year training program with adolescent girls and teenage mothers in Bolifamba in building their capacities to assist them fit into the 21st century society.  Seventy-0ne (71) Mutual Health Cards were given to the teenage mothers and their babies to assist them in their hospital bills and  health challenges. With the use of these cards, 80% of the hospital bills of the adolescent  girls/teenage mothers  and their babies consultation and medication will be catered for by the Buea Mutual Health organisation through Social Development International (SODEIT)’s registration of the girls/teens and their babies in the Mutual Health Fund. This cost US $ 900 for a year coverage.

A two day training workshop on financial literacy for women groups in Fako Division of the South West Region of Cameroon organized by Social Development International (SODEIT) for a period of 5 months is aimed at building women’s capacity in managing their money and businesses. The workshop is expected to train 150 women from 75 women groups in the four sub-divisions (Buea, Tiko, Muyuka and Limbe) of Fako Division in the South West Region, 150 participants manuals , prepared, consultants and facilitators hired. Each workshop will be attended by 30 participants from 15 Groups. Costing  US$ 750 each workshop.  Following the preparations of the workshops, the Ministry of Women Empowerment and Family promotion; regional and sub-delegates were contacted to assist in the mobilization of the women groups and the following dates are schedule and program of activities were developed thus:
Workshop in Sub-Dvivions
01 Buea 16th to 17th May, 2014 Buea
02 Tiko 12th to 13th June, 2014 Tiko
03 Muyuka 10th to 11th July, 2014 Muyuka
04 Limbe (1st Workshop) 14th to 15th August, 2014 Limbe-rural
05 Limbe (2nd workshop ) 11th to 12th September,2014 Limbe-urban

Each Day Activities
Day 01 Details
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Workshop plan and Introduction
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Overview
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 – 12:00 noon Accounting Conventions/Principles;  Voucher system and Book keeping
12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Cash Book and  Petty Cash
1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Lunch
2:15 – 3:00p.m. Bank Reconciliation
3:00 – 4:00p.m. Financial Statement
EVALUATIONS     and End of Day 01
Day 02 Details
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Recap
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Accountability
10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Budgeting
11:30 – 12:15 p.m. Distribution of Overheads
12:15 – 1:00 p.m. Audits
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Managing Assets
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Action Plan and Evaluation
2:30 – 4:00 p.m. Lunch, Closing and Departure

Every Woman needs financial literacy training ..Joins us to empower them.

Mutual Health card 1
Mutual Health card 1
Feb 10, 2014

Professional Housekeeping and Childcare Training

Participants during one of the training sessions
Participants during one of the training sessions

On January 25, 2014 in partnership with HELP OUT Cameroon, we started Marta Perrone Professional Housekeeping and Childcare Training in Tole Village, Cameroon. We started with four participants, hoping to train ten participant in Tole village alone before reaching out to other communities.

This program on housekeeping and childcare with adolescent girls and teenage mothers; is a three month training program to be carried out as followed:

• Two month training in Tole village with theory, tutorials, practical lessons, and video lessons;

• One month internship in a hospitality institution (hotel/child care center).

The program courses include laundry (ironing, washing, cloth folding).career development orientation, housekeeping (decoration, hygiene). Basic childcare, health safety, effective communication, protocol, settling family disputes, nutrition, hotel catering, cookery.

At the end of the training, the participants will sit in for an end of training examination, after which, they will be awarded attestations from Marta Perrone professional Housekeeping, USA.

This will enable the participants look for jobs in hospitality Institutions and or Open their own hospitality businesses to cater for  their livelihood and care for their family. Training one participant costs US$ 265.

The training of these future professional Housekeepers, mothers and, leaders of our community is a shared social responsibility; we cannot do it alone without your generous support.

Nov 11, 2013

Teenage Mother Community Empowerment Workshops

Teen Mums Saying Thank you
Teen Mums Saying Thank you

Friends and Donors,

Social Development International (SDI) is announcing the end of  community Teenage Mothers workshops for Bolifamba and Muea communities after eight months of intense learning and sharing. The combined end of field activities took place on saturday November 02, 2013 at the Bolifamba Health Centre Hall in Buea, South West Region, Cameroon. In attendace were some invited guardians, parents of the teenage mothers as well as the teenage mothers themselves and children.

 They are now graduates to the next level of capacity building from a weekly session to a monthly workshops and attending the teenage mothers Institute for literacy, practical livelihood and business development courses. We are moving on to new communities of Likomba, Tiko Town and Mutengene of Tiko sub division.

The event activities were:

  • A welcome speech by Suliaman Turay the CEO of SDI Cameroon
  • A word from a parent
  • A word from  a teenage mother
  • Thank you messages and Videos by Teenage Mothers to donors of  The Girl Effect Fund, Global Giving and Social Development International Staff.
  • Lunch and closing

In the opening  , the CEO speech appreciated the turn out from the two communities;  one hundred and twenty initially registered but today we have seventy active participant through the eight months intense activities. This shows that we still have a lot of work to do in this communities..we are their agent of change. We should keep on interacting with them for a change.

The parents' representative thanked Social Development Intermational, Global Giving and The Girl Effect Fund for work well done. The teenage mothers expressed their sincere thanks to all those who have in one way or the other must have contributed to their new sense of reasoning especially Global Giving, The Girl Effcet fund and Social Development International team in Cameroon.

They claimed they have been empowered and we believe them from the sketches,  sense of humor and reasoning compare to when we first met them. They expressed  that , we continued the support we started in their new life and business development endeavours they so cherished.

Thank you The Girl Effect Fund, Global Giving Donors and Friends . We could not have achieve all thses without your support.

Teen Mums Saying Thank you 1
Teen Mums Saying Thank you 1
A cross section of Teen Mums at the closing
A cross section of Teen Mums at the closing
Teen Mums Saying Thank you 4
Teen Mums Saying Thank you 4


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Project Leader

Sulaiman Turray

Founder and CEO
Buea, South West Region Cameroon

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