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Small-scale Enterprise Development



Our Small-Scale Enterprise Development interventions are aimed at promoting business development and employment opportunities among youth and farmers in Afghanistan through the delivery of Vocational Development Programs and establishment of Producer Associations.

Courses up to 7 months
Our vocational training courses follow the strategy, procedures and curriculum advised by the Afghan Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyred and the Disabled.

These courses are market driven and centre-based. We decide the subject for each course based on a market-analysis to ensure they are in line with local demand, so graduates can find employment and/or start businesses in their local districts and towns.

Each course which trains up to 20 trainees for a period of up to 7 months includes daily practice sessions to ensure maximum transfer of technical skills. In addition to the technical skills, trainees get basic literacy and numeracy, including necessary business management skills.

Toolkit and grant to start own business
Once successfully graduated, we register the graduates on Government database for skilled practitioners.

We provide each graduate trainee with a toolkit and the option for receiving a grant to start own business. They are further entitled to expert advice and support by DACAAR field trainers during the first six months of starting a business.

Regular data collection and analysis from our vocational training graduates show that 90% of the graduates have successfully used the start-up grant to start small businesses in their local areas.

One-third female trainees
Between 2014 and 2017, we have successfully graduated close to 650 trainees (33percent women) from our courses in 9 provinces of Afghanistan. We plan to train another 2,800 in 12 provinces by 2021.

These figures do not include those women and girls who have benefitted from vocational training under our Women’s Empowerment efforts.

Supporting Producer Associations
Linked closely with the activities under Natural Resources Management component, we facilitate farmers to engage in collective value chain activities by supporting the establishment of Producer Associations.

Each association brings together as many as 150 farmers to collectively engage in processing, packaging, branding and marketing of their products in the local markets. This gives the association members the ability to negotiate better market prices for their products as opposed to if they engage the market individually.

Executive Leadership for Producer Association is decided as part of a fair election process.

The Producer Associations are registered with the Ministry of Justice and Law as community-based cooperatives. They develop their own by-laws with support from our Community Mobilisers.

DACAAR supports each Producer Association for a period of at least two years.