This most recent business refresher course, co-facilitated by Maryknoll Lay Missioner, Michael Leen, and EBLI staff member, Lucy Metha, was attended by 17 young mothers. The participants selected the discussion topics based upon their areas of need and what would most help them in the management of their business. Areas of focus included: the reasons businesses fail, financial management including how to raise capital, selecting a business location, preparations for selling, record keeping, marketing, customer service and business expansion. Additionally, the young mothers learned once again how to apply for a job and gain employment, discussing topics such as the good traits of an employee, and how to write a cover letter, curriculum vitae (C.V.), and how to prepare oneself for an interview. Tea and lunch were provided both days for all participants.
The young mothers who participated in this business refresher course are involved in a variety of businesses, including restaurants, food markets, hair salon, handcrafts, and farming, to name a few. Most of them, however, intend to use the skills from this course to start another business of their dreams down the road. For example, one young mother is currently cooking breakfast food in her neighborhood, setting aside the profits of her businesses so that she may be able to buy a sewing machine and start her own clothing business in the future. EBLI reaffirms the importance of making small yet continuous steps towards fulfilling one's dreams.