MICRO-ENTERPRISE

This issue brings together a collection of ideas to help in working together to raise income on a small scale. There is sound advice for anyone thinking of setting up a micro-enterprise, useful contacts and plenty of ideas for new enterprises. We have tried to focus on micro-enterprise which benefits the community rather than just making one person wealthy. Though the opening articles give emphasis to producing goods and crafts, the principles are just as useful for other services, such as producing foods or offering transport. 

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  • Credit for the poor

    A recent report by Professors Hulme and Mosley studied the work of 13 micro-credit institutions in seven different countries who provide small amounts of credit to help micro enterprise. Their findings are very clear and are likely to have a large influence on groups who provide credit in the future. They make three important conclusions:

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  • Editorial

    This issue brings together a collection of ideas to help in working together to raise income on a small scale. There is sound advice for anyone thinking of setting up a micro-enterprise, useful contacts and plenty of ideas for new enterprises. We have tried to focus on micro-enterprise which benefits the community rather than just making one person wealthy. Though the opening articles give emphasis to producing goods and crafts, the principles are just as useful for other services, such as ...

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  • Have you brought an empty doko?

    by Martha Carlough. The community health staff of United Mission to Nepal’s Okhaldhunga Health Project began new work in four villages last year. These villages were chosen carefully, based on a balance of needs and resources in the communities.

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  • Learning priorities

    The  'A B C' s'  of  Radio listener-learning by Ross James. If you used radio programming in a community health and development project, which of the following comments from a radio listener would you hope for?

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  • Letters

    No! to mercury soap The Friends of Natural Medicine for Development (AMENAD) is a small organisation of Christians made up of nurses and agronomists. I am one of the founders. We encourage good health and development through the use of natural medicine. We are very committed readers of Pas à Pas. Having noted with bitterness the thoughtless use of antiseptic soap based on mercury in the neighbouring centres of Barak, Lweba, Nundu and Mboko, AMENAD has just set up an enquiry into the use of ...

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  • Marketing crafts

    This cartoon story can also be used as a role play with six main characters: Hasnah, Minda, Lena, Ferdinand, the instructor and the trader.

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  • Nobody wants to buy our goods

    by Rose Collins. Many people dream of new ways of earning a living or making a little more money. But as we all know, it is usually very difficult to start up a new business. This issue looks at micro enterprises (small scale businesses) and gives advice on how to change a good idea into a business.

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  • Rat Trap

    Here is a simple and effective way of trapping mice and rats. Cut sections of bamboo as shown. Place maize or cassava chips in the bamboo. The rat will enter but then cannot turn itself around to get out. You can then catch the rat. I have found this very effective.

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  • Resources

    Simple Marketing Skills Produced by ACCU (Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO) A simple cartoon booklet which looks at the importance of marketing skills for increasing income. Easy to read and useful for discussion, it can also be used as a role play. Pages 8 to 9 of this issue are based on a summary of this booklet. Available free of charge from ACCU who produce a huge range of useful materials for newly literate readers, including a recently-published flip chart, Giving education to our ...

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  • Small business management

    by Chris Sealy. The key to all successful business is getting the basics right. New groups can compete with experienced producers if they are able to offer better quality or better value for money. But often the problem is that groups spend their time trying to copy someone else’s success, rather than producing something different or original.

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  • The household slow sand filter

    by Brett Gresham. Afghanistan has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the world, with one child in four dying by the age of five years. The majority of these deaths are diarrhoea-related – usually from drinking unclean water. Unclean drinking water is probably the greatest problem facing the Third World today.

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