METHODS
The purpose of a SBC trainings are to convene a group of people of a specific sector and to bring them into collective effort of business or local economic development. While building business competencies, you’re also hearing their voices and empowering them to grow alongside you.
 

Understand the needs of your community

Agree on collective and individual goals

Agree on collective and individual goals

Agree on follow-up sessions

Trace and measuere your impact

 

Sustainable channels of distribution are the key to impactful entreprise development programes

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As an NGO, you are supporting a cause whether it is women empowerment, youth organizations, rural development, etc. With (BED and SBC you are encouraged to look for creative ways…
As an NGO, you are supporting a cause whether it is women empowerment, youth organizations, rural development, etc. With (BED and SBC you are encouraged to look for creative ways…
As an NGO, you are supporting a cause whether it is women empowerment, youth organizations, rural development, etc. With (BED and SBC you are encouraged to look for creative ways…
As an NGO, you are supporting a cause whether it is women empowerment, youth organizations, rural development, etc. With (BED and SBC you are encouraged to look for creative ways…
As an NGO, you are supporting a cause whether it is women empowerment, youth organizations, rural development, etc. With (BED and SBC you are encouraged to look for creative ways…

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are the trainees?
  • Anyone with an interest in learning how to start or strengthen a business. Participants understand and agree that there will be no trainer, and that success depends on their active participation in work with others.
  • Participants who are already grouped, formally or informally would be better candidates.
  • Group participants with other relevant participants (see below on grouping).
  • Basic literacy skills are helpful but not required for training. They are only necessary for the facilitator.
Who can be facilitators?
  • C-BED is designed for volunteers from the community being trained to act as facilitators in their small group.
  • Facilitators should be chosen from the group of participants, on a volunteer basis.
  • Facilitators require basic literacy to read step-by-step instructions and take responsibility for monitoring group time.
  • Facilitators need the confidence to play the role and encourage group participation.
  • A facilitator is not a leader, and is not expected to make decisions for the group.
  • A facilitator is not responsible for the success of the training. This responsibility is shared by all group members.
  • Field coordinators may sometimes have to play the role of facilitators in some cases, but this is not recommended, and they need to be careful to observe the methodology.
Make Logistical Arrangements
  • Large room where people can work in small circular groups.
  • One training guide per participants – the same for facilitators and participants.
  • Facilitators should have the guide a few days before they start the training.
  • Poster paper (flip chart paper) is highly recommended to record group work and focus group discussions.
  • Pens, sticky tape.
  • Recommended: tea breaks in morning, afternoon, and provide lunch.
  • Pre- and post training evaluation forms.
  • Participant signing sheet.
How do I Compose a Group?
  • The most basic is to group participants based on their sectors of business activities and language, but one training can run with multiple groups from different backgrounds and languages
  • To accomodate healthy knowledge sharing :
  • Do : Combine non-literate participants with better literate ones
  • Do : Combine experienced entrepeneurs with less experienced entrepeneurs
  • Do try : Combine Producers and their buyers
  • Do try : Combine Cooperatives/Associations committees with their members
  • Don't : Put all illeterate/completely business illeterate people in one group, disperse them into different group
  • Don't : Mix people using different languages
  • Do : Make sure everybody attends until the end, nobody comes in the middle.
  • etc.. Depending on where you would like to build social capital
How many can be trained at a time?
  • For first time organising, we recommend 21 peope max, for you to get used to the setting, flow and understanding the need of your intervention (if anyway needed).
  • Later on, when you have confident with the content of the tools, you can organize from 6 to 600 at the same time, from different sectors, from different sets of age.
What is expected from field facilitators?
  • People who are liaising with communities and who are:
    • Promoting the programme
    • Identifying participants
    • Making logistical arrangements (venue, materials)
    • Ensuring that the methodology is followed (troubleshooting, )
    • Reviewing the training experience and making improvements for next round
    • Monitoring and capturing impact
    • Providing continuity of support for participants within the organisation’s programme (ensuring access to sequence of support and/or referring to adequate support/programmes)
What to say when you promote SBC / CBED?
  • Inform communities this is a training for people who want to start or strengthen business
  • And also to strengthen financial skills and business networks with others in the community
  • Clearly explain what to expect
    • Benefits: Reference the basic business skills that will be covered, and realistic expectations (training does not necessarily give access to grants/loans or other benefits supported by the organisation)
    • There is no trainer. You as a participant will work in small groups from your community and draw on your life skills and experiences. You will have fun.
    • Address concerns. This is easy and for everyone. Low literacy is not a problem.
    • Duration, venue. Food / compensation / travel expenses (if provided).
What to expect from Facilitators
  • What is a facilitator?
  • C-BED is designed for volunteers from the community being trained to act as facilitators in their small group.
  • The facilitation role can be shared amongst group members over the course of the training (anyone can help).
  • Facilitators should be chosen from the group of participants, on a volunteer basis.
  • What skills do facilitators need?
  • Facilitators require basic literacy to read step-by-step instructions and take responsibility for monitoring group time.
  • Facilitators need the confidence to play the role and encourage group participation.
  • A facilitator is not a leader, and is not expected to make decisions for the group.
  • A facilitator is not responsible for the success of the training. This responsibility is shared by all group members.
  • Field coordinators may sometimes have to play the role of facilitators in some cases, but this is not recommended, and they need to be careful to observe the methodology.