Describe the program's most important achievements and lessons learned:
• Holding of community consultations to identify needs and business opportunities • 35 individuals from the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Social Development, Department of Adult and Continuing Education, Ministry of Rural Transformation and some community based organisations have developed their capacity to advise and assist rural entrepreneurs. • 95 entrepreneurs and potential entrepreneurs in 5 communities have improved their capacity to successfully operate a business through training in Business and Entrepreneurship. • 5 rural Business Development Centres were established. Each centre is equipped with one (1) computer and one (1) printer/photocopier and a quantity of business/entrepreneurship texts. • Employment has been created for an additional resident of the community through the Centre. • 13 persons received grants to start a new business or expand and existing business. These businesses create opportunities for employment for the owners and other residents.
• It’s important to involve communities when designing projects to benefit them • Pooling of stakeholder resources increases the chance of the project succeeding and bring greater benefits to residents
Describe the challenges of the program:
Documentation and liaising with communities
Specify if the program has any internal and external evaluations, if applicable, include key findings:
Some project activities are outstanding therefore an end of project evaluation has not been done. However, based on the stated project objectives and activities, it can be said that the project was a success. The attendance at the Entrepreneurial Training in 1 community was particularly disappointing. All other communities showed a high level of interest.