What a difference a place makes.
When John was in the UK some time ago, he told me that he had managed to write about seven proposals in a few weeks. In contrast the work would take weeks or months if he was working in Fantsuam in Nigeria.
It is easy to take for granted, in places where there is more or less uninterrupted electricity supply and internet access, how great is the challenge to get even the simplest things done. In Kafanchan there is rarely electricity and it is of low or fluctuating voltage which damages equipment.
Mercy Dogary provided this information about the development of Fantsuam's health services.
Mercy has sent this blog from Fantsuam in Nigeria
Mercy describes the latest challenge taken on by Fantsuam Foundation
Introducing communal stategies close to home
Fantsuam Foundation is the North West Zonal HQ for the Water and Sanitation Network of Nigeria, NEWSAN. Supported by UNICEF we have been involved in promoting communal hygiene in the states of Bauchi and Jigawa so we decided it was time we introduced some of the communal hygiene strategies to our host community, BayanLoco in Kafanchan.
Mercy from Fantsuam Foundation in Nigeria describes the challenges of internet access in Nigeria.
A regular Dadamac meeting
The Dadamac meeting is scheduled for 9am (GMT) every Tuesday with Pamela and Frances in the UK and the Fantsuam team in Kafanchan, via Skype. A recent meeting is an example of what it takes to stay connected across the digital divide.
Microfinance Open Source
Comfort Kazanka talks about attending a conference in Jaipur, India
Microfinance Open Source, MIFOS, an initiative of the Grameen Foundation, is the financial software produced for the microfinance industry. The software provides key functionality for financial inclusion providers, client management, portfolio management, loan repayment tracking, fee and savings transactions, accounting, internal control, and reporting.
A message to His Excellency the Governor of Kaduna State, through the elders in Kafanchan:
John writes from Nigeria: