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Format for Best Practice Identification and Documentation- NMHDO partnering with Union of Ethiopian Women Charitable Associations (UEWCA)

Project Title: Information Communication Technology for girls’ education and women’s entrepreneurship

Project area: Lailay Michew Woreda and Axum town Tigray regional state

Title of the best practice: Life skill and business skill training boosts women confidence

Introduction:Organizing Life skill and business training and provision of back stopping support are part of the project strategies. However, the training provision methodology and beneficiaries support relationship has a significant role in enhancing the result of the project.

Brief description of how the best practice is come in to being :NMHDO organize BBS and life skill training together with local administration, small scale business enterprise office and women affair desk. The person facilitating the training is selected in conjunction with these offices to best fit the context of the beneficiaries.

The methodologies for the training are reviewed along with these stakes to ensure that the methodologies in line with the status and understanding of the women.

Moreover, immediately after the BBS training the beneficiaries are assisted to come up with profitable business and formulate business plan. Accordingly, they took loan; project staffs provide close follow up until the women invest the loan to the planned business. And business development supports will continue as they engage with IGA.

Results of the best practice:Due to such process, after training the attitude of beneficiary women is changed, they become motivated to start IGA and change their life.

The Close follow-up in business planning and afterwards play crucial role in supporting the beneficiaries to be focused on their business plan. The different challenges sometimes discourage beneficiaries, the project workers are their boost and support in solving problems faced in doing IGA.

Lessons learned: Trainings should be organized in a way that it brings attitudinal change of the trainees. If the attitudinal change comes first and the women believes in them and will be ready to bring change.

Close relationship and back stopping support is needed to enable the women to be effective.

Concluding remarks and recommendations:Contextualized life skill training is important tool to first improve the self esteem of poor women. Training methodologies should be designed in a way that it insures the learning of trainees.

Commitment in providing back stopping support to beneficiaries is also very important to archive results.