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Ismaila the Welder – Pre and post the BE REEL business workshop

When we first met Ismaila, a welder, in 2016, he was trying very hard to establish his business but was always running from one thing to another; had little idea of how to cost a job, and was struggling to make ends meet. Pre training: Ismaila had started a welding business in 2015 with a…

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Lamin the Trader – Pre and post the BE REEL workshop

Lamin is a school teacher, barber, and retailer of printing and other services. Since the training he has felt he can expand his business. Pre training: Lamin is a school teacher (morning shift) at Gunjur Upper Basic School and has a small shop at the marketplace where he does photocopying, typing, printing, battery charging and…

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Sulyman the Electrician – Pre and post the BE REEL workshop

Sulyman is an electrician who also has a shop selling electrical parts (sockets, wire etc). Pre Training Before the training Sulyman had completed his electrical training and had a shop close to the turntable in Gunjur. The shop had very few items in it for sale and he did not have regular customers for his…

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Ousman the Restaurateur – Pre and post the BE REEL workshop

Ousman is a chef who wants to run a restaurant and catering business. Pre training: Ousman is a trained cook (with pastry as a speciality) and previously worked in hotels for 11 years having left high school in 2005. The salary was very low and he could not make ends meet so has started his…

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Content of the BE REEL Business Workshop Training

From the research-evidenced aims for the programme and the process for the training, the content of the training evolved to include the following, designed as a Gambia-centric logical journey of development. The training initially builds self-awareness, taking participants from insight into their own individual strengths and weaknesses, through what their business idea is, to what…

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BE REEL – Project impact and the sharing of knowledge & expertise

As sustainable businesses are established in the village it will produce a more positive reason to stay in the villages rather than take “the backway” to Europe to seek income for their families. At the moment the loss of the youth to the backway (many loosing their lives and others being placed in detention centres)…

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2018 Awards Now Open for Applications

Update 26th May 2018 – Applications are now closed for our 2018 Awards. The Trust is keen to support, through funding, rural practitioners exchanging practical knowledge between developing countries. In order to support such initiatives, the Trust wishes to facilitate learning and rural development particularly in Africa, and will, therefore, give priority to applications that…

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Place Based Education

Helping children and young people understand and  value their communities : developing an international  ‘place -based learning’ collaborative. “It’s not often an event makes your soul think”   Symposium evaluation form Plockton, a small lochside village in the North West Highlands of Scotland was the venue for a small symposium in November 2013, bringing together educators…

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Agribusiness

Nakuru County is part of the region that was previously referred to as the “white highlands” because it was home to many European large-scale farmers during the colonial period. There are still large-scale farms in the area, some of which are owned by Kenyans and others by ex-patriots. We visited a tea plantation with an…

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School Food – What can we learn from Kenya

Specialist schools dietitian Dave Rex from Highland Council gave a talk at our conference in Inverness on diets in Scotland and Kenya, which shows how dependent we have become in Scotland on processed and sugary food. See http://www.croftingconnections.com/attachments/Kenyan_connections_davere… In contrast, school meals in Kenya are based on locally grown produce. Many rural Kenyan schools have access to…

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