The choice of project model depends on the problem you are trying to address and the people you want to work with.
1. Do you want to address low levels of business profit and income?
YES! Both Business Facilitation and LVCD are designed to help people improve their business profit and income. Now you need to determine which model fits best: go to Question 2.
NO: If your main aim is to improve household nutrition or food security, then consider alternative approaches: both Business Facilitation and LVCD are designed to help people improve their business profit and income, as the primary goal.
2. Is the project in an area with people running many different kinds of independent micro and small business? Micro and small businesses may include (but are not limited to): hairdressers, small food shops, food processing, mechanics, small retail businesses, taxi/transport businesses, small-scale traders.
YES! Business Facilitation is probably the best model for you: Business Facilitation addresses business environment barriers through supporting Community Business Councils, and micro/small enterprise needs for business knowledge and skills through training and coaching. Find out more about the Business Facilitation project model.
NO: Everyone is mostly producing/growing similar products in the area. Go to Question 3
3. Are you working in an area where everyone produces a similar product at the same time of year? For example, everyone grows irrigated rice in the dry season and maize in the wet season; or, everyone in the area produces the same kind of dried fruit product.
YES! LVCD is probably the most appropriate model for the people and the area. Go to Question 4.
NO: If small businesses/producers are producing a large variety of products and there is no ‘critical mass’ of producers who are willing and able to work together in groups and to sell collectively, then Business Facilitation is probably the most appropriate model.
4. Are you trying to address some/all of the following problems:
- Producers are small scale
- Producers receive low prices for their products
- Producers have little knowledge or understanding of markets
- Producers may be exploited by traders/buyers
- Poor product quality
- Low productivity (farm or other business)
- Producer have low incomes
YES! LVCD is designed to address all of these problems, with the aim to improve producer profit and income.
NO: If your main aim is to improve household nutrition or food security, then consider an alternative approach. LVCD is designed to help people improve their profit and income as the primary project goal.