Fellows Blog Posts by natalie

May 30, 2012 CM Cameroon

Natalie Sherman | KF17 | Cameroon

It’s been said, countless times, that one of the most rewarding experiences for us Kiva Fellows (as you might imagine) is meeting borrowers- those inspirational men and women who work hard, every day, to make a better life for themselves and their families.  To know this satisfaction is something I certainly expected before my placement here in Cameroon.  One thing I didn’t expect, however, was the pleasure and understanding I would gain from getting to know the staff of ACEP Cameroun- the partner MFI with whom I’ve been working these past...

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Apr 19, 2012 CM Cameroon

Natalie Sherman | KF 17 | Cameroon

What do you get when you combine service learning, microfinance and the enthusiasm of youth?  Well, at the American School of Yaoundé (ASOY), you’d have yourself a pretty innovative and well-organized microcredit program… and the 12th grade Global Issues class of Mrs. Kelly Vaughan Owens has done just that.

AMFO class participants and administrators sign loan disbursements.

For the past...

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Apr 1, 2012 CM Cameroon

Natalie Sherman | KF17 | Cameroon

This week has been one of many firsts here at ACEP Cameroun.  Not only has the MFI’s partner page officially gone live, but the bank’s inaugural Kiva borrower, Nathalie, has just received her loan.  I watched with pride as ACEP’s Kiva Coordinator reviewed with Nathalie her disbursement paperwork and then walked her over to the cashier’s station.  It’s a sensation I’d liken to how one must feel when sending a son or daughter off to the first day of school- a mixture of joy, reassurance and perhaps just the tiniest bit of apprehension as to...

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Feb 21, 2012 CM Cameroon

Natalie Sherman | KF 17 | Cameroun

They have an air-conditioned waiting room, tiny espresso mugs, an executive director that knows how to make a good joke, and a long-standing record of excellent customer service.  They are a poverty-busting force to be reckoned with. Yep, there are some new kids in town.  Who are they?  ACEP Cameroun, one of Cameroon’s top four microfinance institutions, Kiva’s newest pilot partner, and the MFI I get to work with closely over the next four months of my Kiva fellowship.

ACEP Cameroun’s headquarters in...

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