From 8-9 September 2014, a Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) training for Improved Cook Stove (ICS) producers was held at Pakse Hotel in Champasack Province.

The main objective of the training was to provide support to improve the ICS value chain, and to build the capacity of the ICS technical team. Many aspects were covered in the 2-day training from developing business skills and investment and business plan writing to providing a solid understanding of ‘franchise business models’ and SME registration requirements.  The workshop also detailed methods for increasing access to finance to improve production and how to establish a producers association.

 

The capacity building components also aimed to develop SME practices including how to apply for and manage a loan from local banks. This was identified as the primary skill needed for all producers to develop their business and to be able to build and improve their financial management, producing and marketing skills.

In total, 54 participants attended the workshop of which 24 were female.

The next plan is to follow up the Business Plan that link to the establishment of the SME Entrepreneur in all three provinces.  

On April 30th, the visitors from NET Foundation visited ICS Programme and our producers at Nonsavanh village to exchange experiences in energy technology community. The total participants are 14 persons.

The objectives of the visit is to study the project implementation in Laos, to exchange knowledge in producing ICS for community and to build network in management ICS production with neighbour countries.

During the visit, NET foundation have shared experiences, problems with us and with the producer so that the producer will gain more experiences on problems solving and on stove production.

On  23-31 May 13, producers survey in VTE Capital. This survey is aimed to looking up for the existed producers and people who are interested in stove production in VTE. We have presented to 25 producers and most of them were interested to involve in our programme.

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