Review of May 2017

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May was extremely busy for our groups of women/girls in rural communities of North West Cameroon.

05 groups of women and girls were trained on how to produce powder soap. They have started generating some income from the sale of their produce in all the groups. Over 150 women trained and their families now have regular access soap for improved hygiene and sanitation as well as improved income from the sales of powder soap.

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We commemorated the 2017 Menstrual Hygiene Day (28th May) by training over 200 women and girls on menstrual hygiene management over the month. According to most participants to our trainings on the topic this month, menstruation is still a taboo subject in many families in Cameroon and many parents do not discuss it. There is neither any comprehensive education on Sexual Reproductive and Rights in our schools. At their request, the African Youth Alliance Group will explore the topic further in the months ahead.

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Women and girls in one group completed their training on the production of paper beads with recycled papers. They are now ready to market a wide range of objects with the beads (dish mats, jewelry, etc.). 20 families from the 20 girls/women that were trained can now improve their income. Contact us at africanyouthalliancegroup@gmail.com if you want to purchase, you will support the education of a girl!

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We are grateful to receive the visit and the encouragements of the CEO of MARYLAND Printers at our office during a training session on paper beads. MARYLAND Printers is a printing press company in Bamenda City, who has been supporting this project through their regular generous supply of used papers; we recycle to produce the beads.

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CEO of MARYLAND PRINTERS visits girls during a training on the production of table mats with beads out of recycled papers

At the African Youth Alliance, we hope to further empower women and girls in North West Cameroon by linking Gender Equality & Women’s Rights with income generating opportunities. We implement projects that support the women to be financially independent, through income generating activities.