On 20th and 21st December 2021, KAKUTE Projects conducted end user training which brought together, all intervened end users, Community Development Officers (CDOs), Ward Executive Officers (WEOs), and Mtaa Executive Officers (MEOs) found in the areas where intervened entrepreneur (end user) are found. The purpose of the training was to assessing the solutions to understand the innovation model, with a specific focus on technology, efficiency, financing, market linkages, and delivery models.
The training was for 2 days opened by Mr. Livinus Manyanga the executive Director of KAKUTE Projects on 20th December and Closed on 21st December by Deputy Regional Administrative Secretary (RAS), Mr. Chitukuro. Lesson learnt from end users, where they are now, where they come from and where they want to be. Also challenges they faced, opportunities in their business and competitions
End user participants and implementers of all community-based projects were able to share experiences by discussing the successes and challenges in implementing projects and strategies to eliminate those challenges. Also, end users were taught on how they should be creative entrepreneurs and how to utilize available opportunities and were introduced to the techniques to employ so as to combat potential competitors in the future.
An evaluation of the steps that have been taken to see if the initiated projects have been able to meet the needs of other development partners and raise capital and funding to raise business capital and also end users where introduced on how to identify productive stakeholders in strengthening projects initiated within the Community and discuss ways to establish relationships with business development stakeholders such as Financial Institutions, Technology Distributors, Technology Developers and Government Institutions.
End users were able to provide feedback and their experience which they have encountered whilst seek for loan from financial institutions. Among of the mentioned challenges were, some of financial institutions do not accept land as a collateral, farmers in order to access loan must cultivate more than 50 acres of land, some financial institutions do not accept estate as a collateral but they accept house. Other entrepreneurs conveyed that they were told by the financial institutions that they do not meet loan requirements
Also participants were introduced on the steps to follow in order to formalize their business, which were to register the business name, how to acquire TIN number, tax clearance, ho to acquire business license, how to open a bank account, and all licenses which are required in depending with the nature of the business.
Guest of honor thanked, all participants who attend a two-day seminar. He agreed that he was able hear end users described the successes they have achieved and the challenges they are currently face, he proceeds by agreed that he was able hear the techniques that end users will use so as to eliminate those challenges. He also insisted all stakeholders to continue to work together with KAKUTE in order to achieve their business goal which aimed at increasing their income and providing employment opportunities in their areas they come. Also, he expressed greetings from the Government to all participants and KAKUTE team, and he then thanks the sponsors of the project DOEN Foundation and the implementer of the project KAKUTE Projects for the good work being done in Dodoma, Iringa and Morogoro.
In the entrepreneurial journey, education is a very important factor for success. The required education includes education on how to manage a business, record keeping, marketing and customer acquisition techniques, how to capture the market for the products or services you offer. From the training participants agreed that before trainings provided by KAKUTE they didn’t know how to manage their businesses, record keeping or having a business plan. On the other hand, many entrepreneurs/end users agreed that prior the training they were un aware on how they can formalize their business, as well as the importance of business formalization something which is among of the requirements in acquiring loans from financial institutions.