Training needs of community credit groups

Strong community credit groups owned and managed by the community itself need a strong cadre of leaders, competent and committed staff, and enlightened and alert members.

Some of the constraints faced in the development of a training programme are one, the training needs are vast, since most of the community have never before come together as a group on an economic front; two, the members of the community are busy and time for training is more often than not a charge on earning time; three, low literacy and numeracy levels amonngst the members, limiting the number who receive training support requiring reference to the written word.

Typical training areas include:

Training programmes can take the shape of formal courses of short duration, on-th-job training with field back-up, study visits to highly successful women's savings and credit organizations, peer review, workshops of leaders across groups, cluster meetings, etc.
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