Aid for Trade Foundation
The rapidly expanding internet access in developing countries increasingly enables information to be accessed and used anywhere.
Our specially developed downloadable training programmes assist the start of sustainable income generating activities, to help meet basic family needs in communities where there are no paid jobs. Each training programme provides a Facilitators Guide, Participants Worksheets and most have Slides for use where projection ot TV use is possible
Aid for Trade was based on ten years work with rural communities in Eastern Europe and extensive research (Report available) and started as a pilot internet resource project in 2007, to develop and trial special free training programmes to equip missions, churches and charities via the internet to assist income generation in communities where there is severe poverty.
Collaborative partnerships were quickly developed in six countries, to trial these programme and establish microenterprises for sustainable income generation and as a learning experience of what could be achieved without the cost or ‘carbon footprint’ of our needing to travel overseas. Our programmes are being used in ten countries with wsidneing global interest
Bishop Thomson Chirwa (Malawi) "This programme is the best and fastest growing I have ever seen. I know that many Malawians will be benefited"
Rev.S.Lalpi Vaiphei (Manipur) " Here in Manipur state,NE India every one is smiles with Aid for Trade training programme"
Trainee Ntimabe Ubori Liliri.(Ghana) "I am 40 years The Aid for Trade Workstart training was good and now I can go back very confident to join my group and develop my trading for better profits and save money for my children´s future"
Aid for Trade resources can be used as an effective basis for community outreach by Churches as well as mission and church planters in disadvantaged communities.
Our 'Workstart' Group training programme includes guidelines for starting a savings and loan association to help fund income generating start ups and growth.
We are now confident that using the internet to provide free training programmes with links to other useful existing resources is now a proven, cost effective, and environmentally friendly approach to tackling poverty, anywhere - without the need for visits or providing 'trained trainers'
Our programmes have been kept secular in content in order to enable use in sensitive regions. We provide quarterly newsletters with news, researched information on pro-poor innovations and to provide leadership insights and encouragement!
Partners in ten countries are already using our programmes and we have added a series of audio training programmes for use where literacy is low and a special Youth STEPS is being trialled in three countries. Other new programmes are under development.