|Income Generation and Money Management: Training Women as Entrepreneurs (Peace Corps, 1994, 70 p.)|
Let's focus on the basic premise of the income generating project and the thought process that goes into developing and re-evaluating one. When facing doubts in the midst of developing a project with women, return to the reasons for which you got involved in the first place. It may help if you write these down. The things you write down may be the product of a brainstorming session between you and the women or perhaps between you and other volunteers or counterparts. The following are some questions asked of the participants of the workshop, and their responses. These may help you in developing and re-evaluating your own project.
1. What is an income generating project?
- Something that can make a profit
- A planned and continuous activity
- An activity that will change the living conditions of the people
- An activity that will generate cash
2. Why should women be involved in income generating projects?
- To achieve financial independence
- To enable them to purchase luxuries
- To increase their status
- To improve the health of their families
- To learn money management skills
- To use their talents in marketing and production
- To improve their general standard of living
- For social interaction
- To improve the village economy
- To be able to trade their goods/services for other goods/services
3. What types of projects do women engage in?
- Batik and tie-dyed cloth for clothing and decoration
- Soap making
- Making pomade (hair oil)
- Raising poultry for meat and eggs
- Fish processing
- Food preparation
- Sheep rearing
- Pottery making
- Sales of household items
- Raising and processing sesame seed
- Traditional healing
- Traditional birth attendants
4. What kind of projects could women be involved in but usually aren't?
- Cloth making
- Fruit drying
- Growing cotton
- Driving a taxi
- Owning a bitiko (shop)
5. What are the advantages for women to work together in a community based project?
- The needed skills can be taught to the entire group by a
facilitator and information can be shared.
- The women may be able to pool resources and ideas.
- Loans are now available for community based projects for women.
- The women can offer each other support in the community.
- Women, as a group, may have more political power than an individual.
6. What are the disadvantages of working as a group?
- There will be varying degrees of cooperation.
- Women working in a group may not have as much incentive as those who have their own business.
- women may become protective of their own business interests.