MORE THAN 30 NEW JOBS

Bokosso was the first village that “saw the light” about 1 1/2 year ago.

Upon my last visit to Bokosso (a week ago) I learned about the creation of more than thirty new jobs since the day the electricity was switched on. One is a bakery, which employs ten persons and delivers bread to Bokosso and twelve surrounding villages!

Another interesting eye-opener was all the building of new houses. In Bokosso alone more than five new houses have been built with additional being constructed. People are buying land to build on. As the Chief John Benga of Bokosso said in a television interview when switching on electricity: “Bokossso will never be the same. Houses will be built, jobs created. People will buy land and move to Bokosso.”

Chief Benga was right. Things are changing fast for the better for people in Bokosso, but not only for them. Soon development will reach the other villages in the region. People are already buying land and building new houses knowing that electricity, cable TV and Internet soon will come their way.

Prosperity and a brighter future is more than a dream. It`s a dream come true. Reality!

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STUDENTS OF SOLAR ENERGY

Each Summer SunErgy accepts a group of students for internship in solar energy. This year five lucky engineering students from the University of Buea got the opportunity.

The students are being trained in all aspects of solar energy including solar power generation, transmission, distribution, the solar business and the SunErgy idea and vision. They also participate actively working in “SunErgy villages”

“Education is a cornerstone for future development and growth of Africa; the same with electricity. The two walk hand in hand” says Mr. Mike Fohba, Managing Director of SunErgy Cameroon and responsible for the training assisted by the Technical Director Mr. John Ngam and other staff members.

“During their three months training with us, they acquire a lot of knowledge and practical skills, which will turn them into better students, while also preparing them for the job market and future jobs,” Mr. Fohba concludes, himself a part-time engineering lecturer at the University of Buea.20160808_115412

Photo. Left to right front row: Ewo Gabriel Ojong, Library Barine, Nasumba Johnson Eboa, Ndumboh Adolforce N., Ngwa Noris.

Left to right second row: Mr. John Ngam, Technical Director, Mr. Mike Fohba, Managing Director, Mrs. Maria Kesam, Field Representative, Mr. Emmanuel Nkom, Administrative Director, Mrs. Grace Amoh. Finance Director.

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY”

On the 15 of August we will celebrate the one-year anniversary of switching on electricity in the village of Bokosso. In addition this past year we provided the people with access to cable TV and the Internet.

Enclosed you can read how the people have experienced the past year. We named it “The peoples voice”

NORWEGIAN COMPANY TO ELECTRIFY 92 SOUTHWEST VILLAGES

A Norwegian company known as SunErgy has embarked on a project to provide electricity to some 350,000 people in 92 villages in Mbonge Sub Division of the Southwest Region. The Managing Director of the company, Stein Skjorshammer, made the revelation during an audience with the Prime Minister, Philemon Yang, at the Star Building in Yaounde recently.

To read the full article published in Cameroon Postline 23/02/2015 follow the link HERE

MORE CREDIT FOR MORE PEOPLE

The lending to the entrepreneurs has been most successful. According to Mr. Wendel “all entrepreneurs are paying back their loans according to their agreements. Based upon our experience so far, we have decided to extend the number of loans to 23 more persons. These are people who participated in our previous entrepreneurship seminar.”
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Picture: A mother inside one shop being sponsored by 2Mites.

BUILDING OF THE SOLAR POWER PLANT HAS STARTED

The building has started in the village of Bokosso, which is the first village. “We are very excited,” Mr. Mike Fohba, Managing Director of SunErgy Cameroon and responsible for the success of the project. In addition to building in Bokosso, we are also building a solar power plant at our HQ in Ombe, which will make us energy wise self-sufficient. This summer and fall, we have been training people to work in the project. The good thing with this project, is  not only that it gives electricity, Internet and CableTV, but it also provides a large number of jobs for local people. The enthusiasm in the project is fabulous!”
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Picture: Managing Director of SunErgy Cameroon Mr. Mike Fohba in front of the testing station.

THE TRUCK AND FORKLIFT HAVE ARRIVED

Finally, the truck and the forklift arrived in Cameroon and is put to work. The truck will be used to transport various equipment and machinery to the villages in connection with installing electricity.

“The truck represents a sizable savings for us” Dr. Skjørshammer says. “Initially, we were thinking that we would hire transporters to move equipment to the villages, which we also tried a couple of times. However, it turned out to be very complicated, either because the cars being offered were in a very poor condition and the price was too steep. So we got our own car, hired our own driver. It works perfectly!”

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Picture: The truck and the forklift arriving Cameroon.

MICRO LOANS UPDATE

2Mites has been supporting twenty-two entrepreneurs with loans and now is payback time! “I am pleased to inform that all people are keeping their payback schedule,” says Mr. Wendel. “The first payback date for all twenty-two was June 15th. All paid! Actually, they were standing with their money in their hands ready to pay when the 2Mites team showed up to collect the money.
15th of July was the second payback date. It was just a repetition of June 15th. All twenty-two stood ready to pay when the 2Mites team came around to collect the money. This shows not only the capability, but equally importantly the willingness to pay back the loans. It is inspiring and a great stimulus to increase the “loan certificate activity”.”
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(Picture: Chief Ndifongo Jacob Njimba from the village of Bomana in his store together with Dr. Skjørshammer)

22 ENTREPRENEURS


During his last visit to Cameroon Dr. Skjørshammer visited the 22 entrepreneurs who are being financed by SunErgy and 2 Mites. “We are very happy and satisfied to see their progress and discuss their business matters. All entrepreneurs are doing fine and have started to pay back loans according to their loan agreements. All those 22 entrepreneurs participated in the last Entrepreneurship Training Seminar. In addition to the importance of seeing these businesses blooming, is the symbolic value by people seeing and experiencing the dawn of a new day. It is just fantastic!”

(Picture showing one of the participants with a kasawa-machine she financed through 2 Mites to start her business grinding kasawa for the farmers in the region to sell in the market.)

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