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The Cameroonian woman has for long been the economic backbone of the nation, yet she is largely marginalized in society generally, and in the economic sector in particular. She has skills and talents which can enable her make the economy better, but due to political, social and economic barriers, she fails to use them to the fullest.

There are only few successful female entrepreneurs in Cameroon. This is because they face certain challenges like, accesss to finance, lack business training, reconciling business and family concerns and so on. Breaking Ground trained female entrepreneurs this year which helped them develop skills they need to run thriving businesses. Participants attended classroom training sessions such as, financial management, sales/marketing, customer relations and human resource management, after which they each received individual visits from their mentor, to discuss any business specific challenges they face. Some of them were selected to be given loans, to either start or expand their businesses.

Meet Helen. She owns a bar/restaurant, and even though handicap, she manages to satisfy her clients at the end of the day. She has one child and not married. She said the entrepreuneurial class has helped her learn business strategies. The loan is going to help expand her business, and she will be able to employ someone to help serve the customers.Helen's bar/restaurant

This is Eva, a single parent and a mother of four children. Before, she had about 150 fowls in her poultry, but due to financial problems and lack of business strategies, she could not continue the farm. From the lessons learned in the entrepreneurial class, and the loan which will be given to her, she will succeed this time and expand her farm, she said. This will help her grow, be independent and provide quality education for her childrenEva's poultry

Breaking Ground will continue to follow up that these women to ensure that their businesses grow and that, they pay their loans in due time. This will also help in poverty alleviation in Africa and reduce the rate of marginalization of women in the political, social, cultural and most of all economic society.




Water is essential to life, not only to the human race, but also to plants, animals, and other creatures. We use it  for different purposes, to clean, cook, bathe, etc. It is essential to the full enjoyment of the right to life, and other Human Rights. In 2010, the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution, recognizing water as a basic human right under Aticles 11 and 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.Building a solar panel to get more energy supply for the pump

In Cameroon, precisely the Adamawa Region, a majority of the inhabitants lack access to potable water. They mostly drink water from streams and springs, which is not clean and safe, and during the dry season, most of the streams dry up. Very few people can afford sufficient potable water. This has a devastating effect on the health and prosperity of these people.Final Product of the water pump in Beka Hossere

 Apart from what the government has provided as safe water, NGO's have contributed alot to make the people of this part of Cameroon enjoy their right to clean and affordable water. Breaking Ground partnered with Memorial Flavia to provide a water pump in Beka Hossere, our partner community, in the Adamawa Region, which will enable the inhabitants to have access to potable water. We are almost done with this  pump, that will supply potable water to about 3500 inhabitants, thereby, reducing the spread of water borne diseases in the area, and helping to achieve sustainable development.



The International Festival of Cameroonian Cocoa took place in Yaounde, from 11 to 15th of August, this year. The purpose for the festival, was to rejuvenate farms and farmers in cocoa and coffee sectors, in the country. Cameroon, which is the world 5th largest cocoa producer, produced 225000 tons of cocoa in the year 2013/2014, and is expected to produce 230000 tons by the end of 2016. Cocoa is one of the main cash crops in Cameroon, and the South West Region accounts for up to 70% of the nation's cocoa.

In 2011, Breaking Ground started a project in Wabane, one of our partner villages in the South West Region, to educate them on how to improve on the quantity and quality of cocoa in their community. We distributed cocoa plants to the farmers, and this year, they have harvested more cocoa than ever. Despite all these, the farmers complain that, they face a lot of challenges during cocoa production.

Planted in 2011

To begin with, most of the farmers in this village are poor, and cannot buy pesticides and fungacides to spray their crops, so this leads to fungal attacks like mirids and brown pod diseases, that could account for 30% loss in production.

In addition, the South West Region is known for heavy and prolonged rains, and little sunshine, thus,cocoa beans take longer to dry, or do not completely get dry. Because of this, the farmers resolve to use locally made firewood ovens, built with mud bricks, which burn the cocoa beans. The ovens also produce smoke, which deteriorates the quality of the beans.

Drying with the locally made firewood oven, burns beans

Also, the farmers complain of poor farm-to-market roads. Rain has rendered most roads from cocoa farms  impassable. During rainy seasons, from Dschang, one can take 2 to 3 days to get to Wabane and it costs about 15000FRS. Farmers sell their crops at very cheap prices to local buyers, because they cannot afford to pay trucks  that transport crops to big markets .

Breaking Ground encourages us all to support these farmers because, cocoa production offers significant oppotunities for poverty alleviation, and sustainable development if the necessary infrastructure and support is facilitated.



I love the Women Empowerment Principle which reads, empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors, is essential to build stronger economies, achieve international agreed goals for development and sustainability, and improve on the quality of life for women, men, families, and communities. Women are considered to be weak and not fit to do certain kind of jobs in some parts of the world. One of Breaking Ground's missions is to help women in developing countries achieve their potentials and gain equality, and overcome economic limitations and social bias.

Women are able too

In order to this, we organized a Women's Entrepreneurial Program to train female entrepreneurs. These women learn business skills and at the end of the classes, they submit a business plan and are given the opportunity to take a loan and start a business.The business classes are currently going on in Dschang.

Women Entrepreneurial classes

Also, knowing that a vast majority of agricultural workers in the world are female, we started a project in 2011 with some women in Wabane Valley, in the South West Region of Cameroon, to improve on the quantity and quality of cocoa and palm nuts cultivated, which was funded by Dining for Women in 2013. Recently, our executive director, Paul traveled up to the village to distribute palm plants to the farmers. Breaking Ground has empowered more than 50 women who can cultivate crops like men and even better, and some of them have started harvesting cocoa already.

Our crops are ready!

The empowerment of these women to grow and sell crops will decrease malnourishment in my country and increase the amount of food available for export, and will reduce poverty in Cameroon.  




In most African countries, especially Cameroon, men are considered to have the potential to be leaders, while women are supposed to sit back home and do chores. In some parts of my country, female leaders are considered to be disrespectful and not submissive to their husbands. For this reason, Breaking Ground, in partnership with Memorial Flavia, a partner NGO in Dschang, organized a leadership seminar for our farmers in Legouh, an agricultural cooperative, from our partner village, Nzong.

Partipants, set up for the seminar

During this seminar, which lasted 2 days, the participants learned leadership skills, qualities of a good leader, and how to apply skills learned in their organization. Also, they learned that being united, cooperative, and transparent, will help their cooperative grow.

Each group prepares to do a presentation

In addition, they worked in small groups to discuss organizational topics like, the role of the management committee and the general assembly in an organization. Each group did a presentation on a topic and women were encouraged to lead the work.

participants cooperating to working on a topic

At the end of the training, Breaking Ground is happy to see bold women who are ready to lead their community. Mrs Tintock Francoise, president of Legouh agricultural cooperative was very happy that she learned a lot from the seminar. She learned leadership skills, effective leadership, and she believes this training will help her become a good leader by applying these skills in her organization.