By Sunita Kapila, Donald Mead
This booklet provides a comparative research of 7 case experiences that problem the various present ideals approximately sturdy perform within the provision of commercial improvement companies (BDS) to small and micro businesses. It additionally highlights concerns round the evaluation of influence, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness of such services.Three companies got specific cognizance within the case stories: advertising, entry to know-how, and enterprise and administration abilities acquisition. The case research initiatives have been drawn from Bolivia, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Ghana, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. all the tasks brought small manufacturers to new creation and advertising platforms and effectively promoted inner most quarter participation. The research of those reports seems on the feasibility of market-based BDS provision and the position of nongovernmental firms in development BDS markets.
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Currently two new companies are in direct competition with ASOMEX Bolsemilla and Bolivian Shoji. These companies export a number of products, including beans; they have developed advanced services and maintain a strong financial base. Both companies opened after ASOMEX, with beans as their initial product. While ASOMEX has no direct relationship with this competition, it can be inferred that by demonstrating a feasible market for edible beans, ASOMEX has sparked improved system capacity. It can be further suggested that this has positive effects for producers and the industry itself.
At the same time as this need for a marketing company arose in ASOPROF, MEDA was deepening its understanding of and interest in the marketing needs of small-scale producers. MEDA has a long history in Bolivia of offering credit, technical assistance and marketing services to rural and urban small-scale entrepreneurs. Through examining this history, it became clear that marketing was an important element for assistance programmes. Limited market access was preventing small entrepreneurs from reaching their potential.
The typical production timetable of the association was as follows: Feb Mar tomato crushing Apr May processing of tomato into ketchup or sauce Jun Jul Aug Sep pineapple and guava crushing and processing 23 Oct Nov Dec Jan production of channa chur, milk toffee, doughnuts, murally, fried nuts, pickles, chutney, pulses The 15 association members meet formally once or twice a month. The fieldworkers and extension officers present production and marketing plans and options to the women for their views and approval, since members are not honed in these processes and their literacy is low.