Supporting Capacity Building Activities for Women Entrepreneurs

GLEN combines mutual learning in the Global North and Global South with inner-European exchange. European tandems from Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia as well as Germany form the project teams during a three-month internship in the Global South. They also visit three seminars together, where English is the working language. These experiences of peer-to-peer learning and a change of perspective are the foundation for GLEN participant’s Global Learning Activity.

Do you like to get engaged in the promotion of women’s entrepreneurship? During this internship, you will support the capacity building of small women entrepreneurs in rural communities. You fit perfectly to this project if you have a background in business management, marketing, finance or agriculture and if you are also skilled with computer work.

You will work with the Community Volunteer Center (CVC) in Bamenda in the Nort West Region of Cameroon. At CVC, four full-time employees work alongside a bigger volunteer network. The local community organization is committed to the fight against poverty by improving income-generating activities in villages. CVC engages a lot in capacity building activities. Overall, CVC operations tackle five areas: health and HIV / AIDS, teaching and education, economic empowerment, agribusiness and development and youth development. CVC values partnerships with other NGOs and public entities during the implementation of projects.

The objective of this internship is to promote small women’s businesses in the local community. There is a need to strengthen gender equality and to support women in the management of micro enterprises. These needs were identified in a survey with 20 business women in the area. You will support the training of women including a training of three women groups on how to manage micro credits. Financial management, especially in the field of accounting, would be an important knowledge trump for women. There are also community groups seeking support in starting small businesses, including drafting business development plans and designing marketing strategies.

Moreover, you will support fundraising activities in order to support women with start-up capital for small businesses. Your concrete responsibilities entail organizing the respective trainings. After an orientation phase, you will try to identify the needs of trainings in terms of topics. The training modules will then be developed and reviewed. The main focus of your work will rest on the trainings. They will be followed by workshop evaluation and the formulation of lessons learnt. You can then also support CVC in writing grant proposals for fundraising. At the end of your stay, you will evaluate the entire internship in collaboration with CVC. CVC is eager in exchanging with you and in gaining new perspectives you can offer to the organization. Most likely, you will work alongside local interns who provide special expertise in business management.

The scheduled time for the internship is three months between July and September 2017.

Training and seminars prior to the internship will be held in English.

The GLEN tandem will be formed by a German and a Polish participant.

Program component: GLEN Anglo

Country: Cameroon

Topic / area(s) of interest: (Social) Business

Vocational field(s): Commercial services, Financial services, Agriculture, Social services, Education / Teaching, Administration

Field(s) of study: Social sciences, Communication science / Media studies, Cultural studies / Arts, Pedagogy / Education

Vocational field(s)/field(s) of study: Education / Teaching, Business Administration

Language: English

Number of Participants: 2

Proposed by: Community Volunteer Center (CVC)

Number of the internship: 50004002-1108



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