Alliance Claudine Formbor Kalu,
working for social peace

Service and communication: two driving forces in the life of 46-year old Alliance Claudine Formbor Kalu, sales assistant at Orange Cameroon. With a rather unusual career path - journalism and advertising studies, she started her career as a journalist before becoming a consultant and trainer - Alliance started volunteering in Nigeria, her
husband’s home country. “When I was 30, I worked as a consultant in a market research firm in Lagos. I became interested in helping the less fortunate than me. I volunteered at a centre for people with disabilities where I helped set up projects to train the disadvantaged. It was an incredibly rewarding experience”, explains Alliance, for whom relationships are a priority both social and professional.

Upon returning to Cameroon after 16 years, this mother of three joined Orange Cameroon as a customer advisor. She volunteered with the NGO Shekinah Dorcas Douala, which is officially recognized by the Ministry of Social Affairs, and helps people find work. “We have trained hundreds of people in micro-projects (cosmetics, textile industry, the food industry, etc.) so they can find work and improve their lives. I am sensitive to the suffering of others, I have always been moved when I see a child get off the street and start going to school.”

I love seeing my projects come to fruition

Since 2012, Alliance, now a sales assistant, has been working hard for the Orange Foundation; she especially helped building restrooms in primary and nursery schools. A mother herself since her teens, Alliance Formbor is particularly interested in helping young mothers through the Orange Cameroon Women’s Association (ADFORC). Like the UN Blue Berets, this “Orange Beret” is also on a mission for social peace by helping others: “It’s my passion and my strength. I love seeing my projects come to fruition and seeing real results. On 28 August, 2013, I went with the Orange Foundation to lay the foundation stone to a technical centre for people with hearing impairments in Buea”, explained the tireless 40-something!

Always the same watchword: helping.

Portrait by Coraline Bertand.

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