In the beginning of September WMI’s first long-term intern arrived in Buyobo. Nicole Bolliger is from Switzerland, where she just finished her bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the University of Geneva. She interested in development aid and East Africa. With the aim of supporting the women in a sustainable development organization, WMI offers her the perfect insight in this field and also in Microfinance, which is rather new for her. Nicole will stay in Buyobo for five months and support the WMI staff with operations on the ground.
One of Nicole’s tasks is to help the local woman with budgeting, bookkeeping, and computer so the ladies can eventually continue with the WMI program on their own. Grace, responsible for the operations, is familiar with computer (taught to her by previous interns), so Nicole checks her work and helps her with more advanced computer skills. Nicole has prepared a computer manual explaining how to use word, excel, the Internet and e-mail, with the idea that Agnes, who is starting to learn computer, will be able to help Grace with her work.
One day, Grace and Nicole discovered that there was a missing deposit slip, which led to them developing a new system to file deposit slips. Checking the balances of color groups had been time-consuming because all the deposit slips were registered by date in a cardboard box. They are now organized by color group and stored by color groups in different folders in a filing cabinet, where each coordinator can easily access and check all the deposit slips for her color group.
Grace and Agnes currently enter all the deposit slips into a register after loan repayment, which Nicole helps them check every two weeks. Nicole is also assisting WMI by updating the status/liaison reports for all the loan hubs every two weeks. The Liaison Report is a way to collect the essential information from the loan hubs and to transfer information from WMI to the hubs.