Monday, 30 August 2010
5 carrots: 100CFA/$0.20US
Moto ride (~10min): 100CFA/$0.20US
Basil to last me a week: 100CFA/$0.20
5 medium-sized tomatoes: 200CFA/$0.40US
250grams (1/2lb) of spaghetti: 250CFA/$0.50US
Glass of Castel beer: 500CFA/$1US
The Laughing Cow Cheese: 800CFA/$1.60US
Bath mat: 800CFA/$1.60US
1 kilogram (2.2lbs) of beef: 2,000CFA/$4
Steak Dinner: 2,000CFA/$4
Cameroonian soccer jersey and jacket: 4,500CFA/$9US
Material, personal design, and tailoring for an outfit: 5,000CFA/$10US
Really basic cell phone (text/calls): 11,000CFA/$22US
Monthly unlimited internet: 25,0000CFA/$50US
Sunday, 29 August 2010
With an official PC letter, we were actually let into the Palace for free and given the opportunity to meet the Lamido (the traditional chief). We received a tour of the paintings and buildings and as it was Sunday morning, the officials came together for their weekly meeting. Nice VIP service!
Inside the Lamido Palace
Saturday, 28 August 2010
Peace Corps Volunteers and Cameroonians hiking Mt. Ngaoundere in harmony
Saturday, 21 August 2010
So luckily, the director called up his buddy locksmith as I waited outside with my tomatoes and broom. Within fifteen minutes, he showed up and smashed open the dead-bolt with a hammer. "The lock is broken," he said.
After giving him 5,000CFA (~$10) to buy a new lock, I went upstairs to clean up a bit. I heard a loud pounding downstairs and when I arrived, my door was gone! I looked out to the street and the locksmith was on the back of the motorcycle carrying away my door away.
"What's happening?!" I said. "Ca va, ca (It's fine, it's fine)," said the security guard. So I sat in front of the 6 foot-tall hole in front of my apartment..
After half an hour, my door and lock was perfect! C'est Afrique as the saying goes!
Friday, 20 August 2010
Wednesday, 18 August 2010
Monday, 16 August 2010
-Implementing an accounting system - The most important implementation has been the "cahier de caisse," a simplified method of accounting. He records his expenses and revenues on a daily basis (he didn't write anything down before!) and has been teaching the accounting method to the other employees.
-Performing a SWOT: We conducted a SWOT analysis of the cyber cafe. He is looking into other opportunities such as selling cell phone credit or snacks.
-Looking at benefits versus costs - After having his employees track when, who, and how long each customer uses the computers, we decided it was unnecessary to buy another computer as that would just be an added expense; there would not be enough benefit versus the cost. Thus, the focus is not so much expansion
at the moment, but rather improvement on attracting clientele.
-Budgeting - He has made a personal and business budget - something I think everybody should do!
-And...minus a few fluke expenses this past month, he is making a profit!
We will continue our working relationship as I plan to revisit Bafia in the future. And as a thank you, he gave me a "cadeau" (gift in French): pagne tissue! Time to make another Cameroonian dress!
Wednesday, 11 August 2010
I guess the cultural faux pas moments all begin somewhere!
2) Bucket bath anyone? There are many methods such as standing in the bucket, soaking just your hair in the bucket, standing on the outside and using a luffa...your choice.
3) Bleaching and iodine-ing vegetables and fruits...duh.
4) The manuel toilet flush - it's all in the wrist.
5) When you're experiencing one of your many foreign diseases and don't have the strength to get out of bed, the bucket is your best friend.
How did I ever live life without my trusty bucket?