Tiben, Cameroon

Our work in Cameroon is in a rural African village called Tiben, with an estimated population of 2,000 people. Situated an estimated 40 miles from Bamenda, the capitol of Cameroon’s North West Region and also the headquarters of JTJ Cameroon,  Tiben is extremely remote and severely underdeveloped. Most of the people live on less than $1 a day. The local economy is sized to scale such that even with that little incomes, families buy food and have at least one quality meal per day.  Most of the residents of this community live in mud brick homes with  zinc and palm thatch roofs. Tiben village is surrounded by sloppy hills and the Momo river, a prominent river that stretches through several villages in that area and is one of the main drinking resources for those that reside near it. Most residents speak the local dialect, the moghamo dialect, even though most of speak pidgin English.

The village is considered a second class chiefdom, comprised of several smaller villages named quarters. Of the 10 quarters, JTJ Cameroon is primarily focusing on the Batibo Quarter with the intention of providing service to all the other quarters in Tiben. Tiben Village was chosen as a journey work because of the poverty indicators found within: only one health center, which is hut with a few beddings, run by a nurse and limited pharmacy; lack of potable water [the Momo River is considered to be polluted]; evidence of malnourished children; and the majority of households live on less than a dollar a day. Like most extreme poverty situations, people sustain themselves here with market activities and agricultural labor. Specific business activities include palm cultivation and traditional palm oil milling, sand excavation, palm wine tapping. Palm wine is a popular African alcoholic drink.
LEFT: Palm wine tapping.

Our work in Cameroon is two-fold like much of other projects. In terms of empowerment, we are providing members of Tiben with funds to purchase chickens. The program remains in its infancy, and we hope to continue to expand it.

LEFT: Teno Victorine, a widow and mother of 3, tends her chickens in a small rural province in Cameroon. Anche received training and a batch of 50 chickens last May. This is now her fourth batch of chickens that she is preparing for market. She buys about 50 to 75 chicks and sells after 45 days. It is a very profitable business and is sustaining her family. Empowerment in action!