- Felicite Sengram is secretary of the Zidim village granary near Maroua on the edge of the drought-hit Sahel region. Villagers can “withdraw” food during the July-October lean season and “pay it back” when their own harvest comes in.
The idea builds on the tradition of family granaries like this one, where Dawai Saratou Ayouba stores peanuts, millet and beans. With village granaries the whole community can beat the hunger season by saving during the harvest and getting a “loan” in hard times.
Collateral in the shape of a goat: When Jean Haman Kadangaba ran out of money and had no food in the house, he turned to the village granary. He had no grain to offer so the steering committee accepted one of his animals as a deposit.
10 July 2014 Cameroon: A Day In The Life of a C.A.R. Refugee