My name is Emilia Epeti Miki and I am the second of three children to my parents. I am from Cameroon and grew up in the town of Limbe. My father a bar-tender and my mother an under-wear seller(bras and pants) did every thing possible to send us to the best schools. My father died when I was 13 (form 3) and my mum has been paralysed since then. Coming from a poor family I had to start doing holiday jobs and started a small melon seed business (egusi) for my younger sister with 300FCFA, apply for scholarships for us to be able to go to school, feed and cater for the hospital bills of my mum. My community members were of great support through their cash donations and food.
Right now after going through school to the masters level and starting up my NGO Denis Miki Foundation, I have as main challenge the fact that I don't have a place to stay, no funds to run the NGO, no working materials like computer, internet and also working with a daughter of one year four months.
After researching and observing my community I have realised that women in my community are not digitally empowered so have not yet being able to find their potentials or develop them. To change this situation we have drawn up, technological, educational and economic empowerment projects like the DMF Tech Center, DMF Library and the DMF Poultry Farm. Though we don't have funs to run the projects, I decided to go for partnership with other organisations for networking purposes and also be able to raise funs both nationally and internationally. Using online communities for running such campaigns have not been very successful since most of them do not offer services in Cameroon yet for instance Google Non-Profit does not work with Cameroon NGOs, Change.org does not offer advertising services in Cameroon, Paypal does not pay to Cameroon; just to name a few.
At the moment no one is supporting my actions and I am barely managing from my little cash I earn from my little jobs here and there. And for me to continue successfully the first resources I need is a laptop or computer with internet (since my lack of this is was what hindered me from registering for the Intro to Digital Empowerment Training and has made me so unactive on World Pulse until I had to loss my Welcomer and Listener badges), funds to execute my projects and partnerships with other organisations for visibility, networking and exchange of know-how.