Entrepreneurship:

Training approach

In the past years, the training approach used differs from traditional business training by highlighting essential entrepreneurial skills from grassroots perspective, whether applying to starting or improving individual, family or group business. The training addressed the practical and strategic needs of low income in enterprise by strengthening their basic business and people management skills. It showed existing and potential entrepreneurs how to develop their personal entrepreneurial traits and obtain support through groups, networks and institutions dealing with enterprise development.

As an active participant for supporting grassroots communities in enterprise development, FICH through its local based business and enterprise trainers conducted enterprise trainings to 875 youths, women, potential and existing entrepreneurs. This is based on the fact that FICH focuses on enterprise development to ensure target beneficiaries are engaged in sustainable business and Income Generating Activities (IGA) to enhance self-reliance, reduce dependency ratio rate and employment opportunities among communities members.

The trainings created the active learning among all trainees through participatory training techniques during the learning processes. As a tradition of good training practice, using innovative approach FICH trainers makes participants to introduce themselves through unique ice-breaker to keep impression from the beginning of the trainings.

Inspirational speaking

In all entrepreneurship and business management trainings, FICH encourages motivational speaker to inspire and encourage participants during and after training. It has been discovered by FICH data analysis that potential and existing entrepreneurs are ignited by role models that started doing business in a humble way. The below here is a motivational speaking during one of the training in August 2016.

 

Inspiration speaking.

Geoffrey Obia an entrepreneur dealing in Juice and water selling in Lira main market and a mushroom grower shared his personal experience in small scale business and his prospect future business plan in order to inspire trainees who are beneficiaries of Foundation for Inclusive Community help (FICH). Geoffrey who is commonly known as “Mushroom” by Lira main market vendors saves on a monthly basis over 1,200,000 from juice business profit. Geoffrey who is a former Primary teacher says he enjoys doing this business compare to former professional job of teaching. Geoffrey engagement with trainees centered on delivering a thought that provoked and gave insightful account of his life before, during and future business idea. 

The motivational speaking was one of the greatest tool that ignited participants’ entrepreneurial spirit with vigor to start and continue with existing enterprises by giving little attention or balancing factors that affect the growth of their initiatives like family responsibilities that may threaten their business growth.

The motivational speaking proudly presented a stream of farming as a business since it’s the main wealthy economic activities that generate many business ideas in participants local context, however, they were encouraged to explore other business opportunities that exist in manufacturing or service provision and retail or wholesales businesses as may be of good personal interest. The discussion here was designed to empower, upskill and inspire those within and looking to engage profit making business in the community.

The motivational speaker delivered social enterprise success story which received strong attendance in both three training venues organized by FICH in three districts of Oyam, Lira and Alebtong.

Geoffrey engaged participants during his motivational speaking and asked them to list five things that made them poor. He was asked by his mentor “Jack Canfield” with the same question too, after participants giving many answers for examples little education, luck of skills and exposure, being orphan at an earlier stage of life, being born in a poor family and background among others. Geoffrey answered that, all these answers are effects of the root cause but the main issue is “How we think and friends around us” makes us wealthy or poor. This was shocking and inspiring which made participants noted a deep thought to change their attitude towards personal and family business development.

 

Impact Indicator

The impact of entrepreneurship and business management training, mentorship and follow-up in 130 entrepreneurs assessed in May.

Areas of Assessment

Respondent

%age

Expanding product portfolio

63

49%

Developing new products

28

22%

Increasing income

122

94%

Enhancing networking with other trainees

92

71%