Irvingia Project, Boosting Small Businesses in Buea

Mrs. Anyi Ruth Nsai and Mrs. Nyaba Patience Ikoh  of Bomaka-Buea, South West Region of Cameroon have emerged winners of the maiden edition of Ecological Balance’s Irvingia Business Boost programme, with each bagging home the sum of FCFA 100,000 to boost their businesses.  The duo, who were amongst 56 others trained by the irvingia project in 2020 were recognised Sunday August 28, 2021 in Bomaka-Buea during an event that brought together past trainees, friends and well-wishers of Ecological Balance.

Pioneer beneficiary of Irvingia Business Boost programme

These maiden winners of Irvingia Business Boost, were rewarded for their steadfastness in translating the knowledge gained during their training into a practical reality. “Today, we celebrate these extraordinary entrepreneurs not because they participated in our trainings but because they set up businesses after training and remained steadfast. The aim of this is to enable them to produce more, and our hope is that the businesses should grow to employ many people,” Ms. Limbi Blessing, Executive Director of Ecological Balance expounded.

Unlike many other trainees, Mrs. Nsai Ruth had set up the Olive’s Millinery for head fascinators and other accessories from raphia fibre and Ankara, while Mrs. Nyaba settled on Pathen Berger, an energy drink business, shortly after participating the Irvingia Project training programme in 2020.  Both of them could not hide their feelings as a pioneer beneficiaries of the Irvingia Business Boost Programme. “Eco Balance, you have really surprised me today. I was not expecting such a day nor this massive support. I am thankful to Madam Limbi and the entire Team of Ecobalance. This money will go a long way to enable me get established and increase productivity,’’ Mrs. Nsai said.

Mrs. Nyaba Patience on the other hand was simply speechless for a while before remarking: “I don’t know how I can express my heart for this gesture. It has not been easy going alone after acquiring these skills. Today, Ecological Balance has shown me sunlight. Thank you for the support. It will really go a long way to boost productivity.’’ Mr. Nyaba (husband to Mrs. Nyaba Patience) could not also hide his feelings. I am really happy for today. I used to pity my wife on how restless she became after the training. She sits for up to 4 hours to produce just one thing at a time. I also believe this will encourage her to go for a larger production. This organization is really doing a great job,” he stated.  

At the end of the event several community members came to the Ecological Balance expressing their desire to get trained. “I wish to be trained by Ecobalance. I had desired the most recent training but some emergency restricted me.  Pleases let me know when next you have training,’’ Cecile of Bomaka requested.  

Madam Esther of Bomaka also made a similar request. “I have really realized how needful it is for me to obtain your future trainings.  Please remind me about upcoming trainings. I want to learn fascinators. I love the ones I just saw,” she said.

The first fruits of the Irvingia Project harvested with much gratitude to The Pollination Project, The Leopold Bachmann Foundation and Kanthari Switzerland Foundation

Abang Louis

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