Savings Group Testimonies

SIRDEP has been implementing a Savings Group project since 2014, and it has been impacting the lives of several beneficiaries. In one of a recent posts we brought to you the testimony of a metal welder (see post on “The Metal Box that Made Me Proud”). We are proud to bring to you the testimony (success stories) of three laddies in Bamenda II, Subdivision of the North West Region of Cameroon where we have been implementing there since April 2016 with the support of Covenant World Relief USA:

  1. Mama Lum Veronica is a member of Asamba Asongkay Group.  She testified that she took a loan of 30,000 FRS ($60). She used the money to buy 2 piglets to increase her farm size. She has been selling manure from the pigs and also applying some in her garden (huckleberry) which she is harvesting and selling to repay the loan.

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    Mama Lum around are pig pen

  2. Mrs. Judith Akwa of Asonkag Youths took a loan of 15,000 FRS ($30). She used the money to purchase manure (fowl droppings) which she applied on her garden.  Her yield increased more than expected. She sold the produce and has paid back the loan after making a profit of more than 15,000 FRS. She said, “I still have vegetables in my farm. What I do is that I harvest some and sell every week so that I can contribute five stamps each week”Judith Akwa.jpgMs Judith arranging vegetables harvested from her garden to take to the market
  3. Ms Bih Irene of charity saving group is a single mother who depended mostly on family members and friends for assistance. In an effort to start an income generating activity, she obtained a loan of 15,000 FRS ($30) at first to start up a small provision business in her community. She was able to pay back the loan from the profit made and then took a second loan to expand her business by adding a call box. She said “I am a happy woman now because I can take care of my child and myself without running back to friends and family members for help”

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    Ms Bih Irene her kiosk

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About SIRDEP
The Society for Initiatives in Rural Development and Environmental Protection (SIRDEP) is non-governmental, not-for-profit making organization in Cameroon head quartered in Bamenda. SIRDEP has a multi-disciplinary team of experienced agronomists, agro-economists, livestock technicians, rural engineers, and natural resource management experts who work together to foster positive, sustainable development. SIRDEP was founded in 1992 and is one of the oldest indigenous NGOs in the North West Region of Cameroon.

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