Case Study: Council and Community Libraries

Our partner in Cameroon, Education Information Services International (EISERVI), supports a network of council and community libraries which help a wide range of people access vocational information.

Even the Mayor of Widikum in the North West Region has benefited from reading Essential Managers series published by Dorling Kindersley.  Abey Jerry had this to say:

I am very impressed with this collection, I borrow it from time to time to update myself and consult on various aspects on management especially when I have difficult situations to manage.”


Practical guides to farming and food processing techniques published by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation are very popular. Thomas Tata owns a nursery in Makenene where he grows oranges, mangoes, plums, pears and other seedlings.  He had this to say:

Reading these books gave me a simple step by step guide on how to manage and take care of a nursery. This helped me to establish my own nursery and I now sell plants to thousands of people from all over the country that come here.

With the money he has made from the nursery he has been able to build a house for his family, open a store for his wife and sends his children to school.


Textbooks covering subjects at secondary school level are highly valued and allow teachers to update their teaching materials.  Emmanuel Mbinlo a physics teacher in Government High School Belo had this to say:

The books at the Belo Council library are fantastic. I discovered the Belo Council library in January 2010 and immediately registered as a member. Now I spend hours before my lesson updating my notes and having catch up classes with my students.


Joseph Lukong a carpenter in Yaoundé uses the EISERVI library to improve his business, attracting new customers and producing better products. He says:

I am now able to use the internet to research business opportunities and product catalogues thanks to IT books I read from the library.


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