This training guide provides the material for a seven day training course in enterprise development, which is intended for the staff of NGOs and other organisations, including government departments, whose mandate is to promote "income-generation" or "micro-enterprises" among poor people.
Anyone who wishes to use this material must first read it through carefully and decide what parts s/he wishes to use and what changes or adaptations are needed. Whenever possible, examples should be replaced by more locally relevant material. If a course based on this material will be conducted in another language, all handouts should be translated before the course starts. The session guides refer to overhead projectors and flip charts and one suggests a video recorder, but none of this equipment is essential. A simple blackboard is sufficient. In fact this training should not take place in a luxurious and expensive environment, as this is too far removed from the lives of those micro-entrepreneurs the participants are required to help.
The lesson material presented here is based on the book "Empowerment through Enterprise" published by ITDG Publishing and written by Malcolm Harper. We are grateful to ITDG and the copyright holders, NORAD, for allowing us to adapt and reproduce this material in the Rural Finance Learning Centre. The PowerPoint presentation is based on an extract from "Doing a Feasibility Study" edited by Suzanne Kindervatter and published by Women, Ink. Further reproduction and dissemination of all this material for education or other non-commercial purposes is authorised without any prior written permission from the copyright holders, provided the source is fully acknowledged.