Business group formation

The Business Group Formation (BGF) manual was developed with a view to help promote business group formation as a way to empower women and men in low-income communities by giving them more voice and improving their businesses in order to enhance their livelihoods.

The training programme aims to enhance the capacity of members or potential members of informal business groups to set up, manage and strengthen their groups. The BGF training course is based on a participatory learning approach which emphasises learning by doing and is suitable for illiterate and low-literacy participants with little or no formal education or training in business. It covers topics related to the technical aspects of business group formation, to gender equality, as well as to a range of core work and life skills which enhance the trainees’ ability to operate successfully in their group and in their community.