Rating: 5 stars 1 review
Location: 104 Neal Street Portland ME 04101 USA
Results: We have made a tangible impact in the lives of over 35,000 Cameroonians.
Programs: WOMEN’S ENTREPRENEURIAL PROGRAM: Founded in 2007, Breaking Ground’s Women’s Entrepreneurial Program (WEP) provides women with critical business skills and the confidence to put them to use. In collaboration with the locally-based Community Research and Development Center (COREDEC), we offer a seven-week business course that incorporates topics such as feasibility studies, basic marketing, cost analysis, and leadership, among others. Many WEP participants have no personal finances and have no experience in approaching banks for loans. The WEP’s classes have become renowned and respected in the community and have helped many women overcome their fear of the banking system and apply directly for a loan. However, there are still many women who struggle to qualify for bank loans, often because they are single or widowed mothers with no assets. In response to this, Breaking Ground established a program of providing micro-grants to selected participants at the end of each class cycle. To date, Breaking Ground has provided start-up grants to twenty-two female-run business in Ngaoundéré, ranging from raising poultry to selling books.
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I worked with Breaking Ground as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon and I could not be happier with my experience with them. Paul Zangue is an amazing director and really cares about the women he works with. I know for a fact that Breaking Ground has changed the lives of several women for the better through their Women's Entrepreneurial Program in Dschang, Cameroon. This is a fantastic organization that really cares about the work it is doing and is making a positive difference in the world.
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