Katwe Business Training — Business Training

Below is the case study for Katwe Business Training courses that started in the Katwe Slum, Kampala, Uganda. The course is now run several times a month across Uganda and elsewhere in the world.

Project nameKatwe Business Training
LocationKatwe Slum, Kampala, Uganda
Date case study completedJan-11
Contact for more informationMike Clargo

For more information on this project contact the TBN office at info@tbnetwork.org
Background, purpose and progress to date
What was the problem / opportunity?Many of the poor had taken out Microfinance loans to establish businesses, and most had paid them back, but many of their businesses had stagnated for easily avoidable reasons concerning customer focus & financial control.
What is the ProjectÕs vision?To equip people who want to set-up small businesses with the key skills and understanding necessary to sustain their business & make them successful.
How is this vision to be achieved?Through simple, free basic training materials, which are easy to understand and apply, are practical and interactive, lead to a good business plan, and which can subsequently be cascaded locally by those who have been successful in it, to their friends and neighbours.
What progress has been made to date?The materials have been developed, tested, trained and cascaded in Uganda, and also in Mongolia. Results have been evaluated at the one-year and two-year mark.
When will the project be self funding, i.e. cost covered by earned income?Independently assessed figures on the project in Katwe show a Return on Investment (ROI) of 57,700% in the first year alone.
What has been the direct and indirect impact of the project to date?We calculate that the project has helped to establish a minimum of 470 newly successful businesses in the 30 months since it was initiated. Anecdotal feedback shows a very high degree of appreciation and gratitude for the work, and the cascade process appears to be working fairly well.
Specifically, how many FTE jobs have been created or sustained? Based on a quantified survey of c. 5% of trainees over the past 30 months, we calculate that a minimum of 940 new FTE jobs have been created, each of which feeds, shelters, clothes and educates the trainee and their family.
How much direct and indirect investment has been made to date?Investments have been in plane flights, accommodation, facility rental, the provision of training materials and expenses for local trainers: c. £14,000
Lessons learned
What lessons have been learned? What do you know now that you wish you knew at the outset?Having a local 'host' who is willing to encourage acceptance of the initial training, and then drive it through their community is key to success.
Expansion and replication
What are your plans to expand or replicate the project?The project has been replicated in Mongolia, Kenya, Rwanda, and is about to be replicated in Ghana. Other TBN members and some Churches are also using (planning to use) it elsewhere.
How many FTE jobs do you expect to have been created or sustained in 3 years?In Katwe, at the current rate of progress, about 2,000 - 4,000. But in terms of replicating the work elsewhere, my aspiration is that this figure is multiplied by over 100 different locations, each with the same potential.
What help do you need to achieve your goals?People who are willing to find places in the world which would benefit from this basic training and who initiate a new cascade in those places
Could this project be replicated by others elsewhere? What would be needed to do this?Please see above. Success will depend on developing a familiarity with the (simple) materials, identifying a good local ÔhostÕ, building a good local understanding and relationships, and then delivering the materials in a way that the first group of trainees can copy to cascade things further on.
Are there documents to aid replication in the TBN resource library?Yes, and on the www.reconxile.org website, and on the forum (which can be found at http://forum.reconxile.org) Ð Freely available training booklets, flipchart examples, training session plans, guide on undertaking the work, trainer training materials, (some) translations, promotional materials

You can also download this information as a PDF.

Katwe Business Training - Uganda
Katwe Business Training – Uganda
Business Training Uganda.pdf

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Livingstone Mukasa who is heavily involved in running business training courses, provides some research on the efficacy of this training.

Does business training work in Uganda?
Does business training work in Uganda?
Does business training work in Uganda.ppt

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The training here followed the Setting up a Biblically Based Business course materials, shown below:

Business Training General Guide
Business Training General Guide
Business Training General Guide.pdf

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Business Training Workbook 1
Business Training Workbook 1
Business Training Workbook 1.pdf

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Business Training Workbook1 Visuals
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Workbook 1 4DayPlan
Workbook 1 4DayPlan

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