Global Welfare Association

Microfinance Scheme Designer

Bamenda, Cameroon show on map

Design a Microfinance Scheme and small business ventures for trained survivors of child trafficking.

A considerable proportion of survivors of trafficking and other forms of abuses that have received support in vocational training from charitable organizations including GLOWA in the North West Region and Cameroon are not using vocational skills acquired for livelihood. In a recent rough survey amongst youths trained by GLOWA, it was discovered that more than 85% were unable to gain employment or establish personal small business ventures. As high as 80% of girls have integrated what we at GLOWA refer to as "Survival" sex work because they face daunting challenges to develop and operate their own business venture.

Like many women in Cameroon these young girls do not have collateral security to obtain loans from banks. Because of their poor educational background many cannot build a business plan that will attract funding from investors of banks. In respond to this challenge which defeats the goal of our support program, GLOWA is soliciting the help of volunteers to design a micro credit scheme to provide micro revolving loans to support the young women we train kickstart small ventures for sustainable living.  Beside providing interest free revolving micro loans, the scheme shall organized the women in small groups of five (based on similarity in business) and mentor them to majority.

The volunteer shall be under the direct supervision of the development manager of GLOWA and shall collaborate with the training staff of the organization. The volunteer shall visit and interview people trafficking prone communities, beneficiaries of the scheme who are trained and potential beneficiaries. S/he shall also talk with micro finance actors and other stakeholders in Bamenda to understand local realities and challenges.

S/he shall have the full collaboration of the local team at GLOWA that shall assign a staff to work with him/her to ensure continuity and effective implementation of the scheme.

The city of Bamenda and the entire North West Region of Cameroon is very active in non-profit activities and has a high concentration of NGOs that shall serve as a resource pool to the volunteer. Movement within the city of Bamenda is typically by shared township taxi and sometime by motorcycles.

Free-time activities

Every volunteers will get the weekend off and can visit museums and traditional palaces in within the vicinity of Bamenda. There are many exotic restaurants, live music.
The region is hilly and good for hiking

Concert/Music
Climbing
Safari/Zoo
Hiking
Museum/Opera
Sports
Riding

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 20 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (fluently)
Education Requirements
Business and Marketing at University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Volunteer should be very motivated and passionate for women rights. This program offers volunteer especially graduate students to engage and write their term paper (thesis) on a real life problem.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 16:00

Suitable for

Singles
Couples

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Before your journey

Profound consulting and ongoing support (free)
Global Welfare Association (your host organization) provides consulting and is keen to answer all your questions. Once you reserved your spot, you will receive the contact details of your volunteer project.
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On-site services

Services by Global Welfare Association

(1) Airport pick from Douala International airport and transportation to Bamenda
(2) Orientation
(3) Accommodation for volunteer
(4) Breakfast Dinner, for volunteer
(5) Logistic expenses
(6) Administration expenses
(7) Transport cost for activities out of the city of Bamenda

Airport Pickup at Douala Airport

Douala International Airport.
A staff from GLOWA shall welcome volunteer at the airport and take him/her to Bamenda where the project is located. This is a six to seven hours drive in public intercity buses on a distance of about 480km.

Accommodation

Accommodation shall be with a host family in a fenced facility which guarantees adequate security.

Guest Family Bedroom (Single)
Food & Beverages

Breakfast: shall include Cameroon Coffee, chips and/or fried plantains including other spicy Cameroonian dishes Dinner: Vegetarian meals shall be arranged and provided.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Douala Airport (DLA) in Douala. We assist you to find cheap flights to Cameroon.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Cameroon provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Cameroon you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Cameroon.
Costs (Prices in USD)
6 weeks (min. stay)
$2,000.00
7 weeks
$2,375.00
8 weeks
$2,750.00
9 weeks
$3,125.00
10 weeks (max. stay)
$3,500.00
Average fees
$342.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Bamenda/Cameroon between 6 weeks and 10 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Global Welfare Association will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Crowdfunding Service
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Cameroon.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Global Welfare Association during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
  Africa Middle Africa Cameroon  Bamenda, Foncha Street

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