Filtered by: Income generation <Back to previous page A green revolution in PakistanAn exciting project in Pakistan is recycling 90 per cent of a community’s waste. Bible study: Income generation and co-operativesIncome generation and co-operatives. Read 2 Thessalonians 3:6–13. The apostle Paul was deeply troubled by a report that some members of the church at Thessalonica were idle without doing any work, but were active in a wrong way, for example, by interfering in other people’s business (v 11). This created a bad influence in the community which eventually had to take on the burden of providing for such idlers (1Thess 4:2). So Paul, using himself and his friends as models, encourages the ... Case study from the GambiaAction Aid operate a very successful loan fund in the Gambia. The fund is not revolving, in that it has been given by supporters for relief work. So this credit scheme instead seeks to use this money imaginatively to build up communities. The objective is to build up savings within each community so that people eventually have their own capital to invest. CommunityNews, views and a ‘knotty problem’. EditorialThis 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 ... Empowering women in north-east BrazilTearfund’s partner Diaconia helped women in Brazil to achieve economic success and gain a voice. Article includes tasty recipes! G18 Preserving fish by drying Drying is a good way of preserving fish that cannot be eaten or sold fresh. Larger fish should be split to remove the guts and large bones and then… Guinea pig husbandryI am delighted to be one of your readers and consider Pas à Pas a cross-roads of ideas! Our organisation (APPI) looks after nearly 400 orphaned children and street children in two towns near Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo. We help them with education and practical skills. Since their problems are more social than educational, we have started a small income-generating project: breeding guinea pigs. We give the children three guinea pigs each – two females and one male to breed. They are ... Improving egg productionCOMPETITION WINNER Farmers are usually cautious about using new technologies before they are sure of the benefits they will bring. They often adapt new ideas rather than adopting the whole technology. Interview: Rethinking waste in DRCJoël Tembo Vwira shares the story of his business’s astonishing growth. M15 Market researchBefore supplying products or services, first find out if enough people will want to buy them. Find out what people really think, what they would like… Marketing craftsThis cartoon story can also be used as a role play with six main characters: Hasnah, Minda, Lena, Ferdinand, the instructor and the trader. Marketing your poultry products: experience from Honduras Experience from Honduras. Footsteps interviewed Rommel Romero, Coordinator of the Diakanos Programme at Proyecto Aldea Global, Honduras, to find out how his project helps people to make a living from keeping poultry. Minotis storyMinoti’s story: The impact of HEED’s Micro Finance Programme by Elgin Saha. N15 Preserving fruitsFruits tend to ripen at the same time of year. For several weeks there may be large amounts of mangoes, guavas or citrus, for example. During the… Nobody wants to buy our goodsby 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. Palm oil soap productionI read issue 26 and was very interested in the subject of self-financing projects. In my work as a community health nurse I visit many homes. One successful example of a self-financing project I have observed is soap-making. Here is the method they use: Plastic bag sealerUsually, the best packaging materials are those which are natural and can be recycled. But when these cannot be used, plastic bags may be the best choice. This simple tool is ideal for small businesses. It can be used to package food, clothing or craft work. Sealed plastic bags will protect the contents from dirt, damp or loss and make products look more professional for marketing. Practical ideas for microenterprisesCrunchy Peanut Bars You will need… 1kg (4 cups) roasted peanuts 1kg (4 cups) water 2kg (8 cups) brown sugar (use white if brown is not available) ResourcesA selection of books, websites and training material about entrepreneurship. Selfhelp finance for the poorby Steve Finamore. Credit schemes are becoming increasingly important. They are a very useful tool for encouraging development, but a number of things can go wrong. Even when they run smoothly, they are not the answer to every problem faced by the poor. Setting up a community waste collection serviceCould you start a waste collection service in your community? The household slow sand filterby 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. Turning waste into wealthInstead of throwing away waste items, we can use them to create new business opportunities. Using small businesses to raise funds and empower peopleby Galia Kutranova. Salvation Anti-Narcotic Centre provides Christian drug rehabilitation to men and women struggling with addiction. People come to Salvation Centre from all over Russia. The centre raises part of its funds through small businesses. Why do women earn less than men?What barriers exist to women’s economic empowerment, and how can these be overcome? Why talk about waste?Better waste management can improve public health, provide jobs and protect the environment.