This article reports on
the third phase of a study that aimed to contribute to developing an approach
to skills training and group facilitation for generating income by producing
crafts. Plan, learning and action (PLA) methods were used for the premises
and activities of the Trollip (2001) activity model.
A typical group of
rural women who lived in areas with underdeveloped infrastructure participated
in the income-generating project. The successful outcomes of this project
indicate that the model has potential for facilitating similar groups in
similar contexts. When the process is interpreted in terms of the activity
model’s premises, it becomes clear that training is an ongoing process.
As development takes place, new needs develop that have to be catered for.
An institutional support structure is of vital importance to help income-generating
groups become economically viable small, medium and microenterprises (SMMEs).
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