The Group Promoter’s Resource Book

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A practical guide to building rural self-help groups

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations


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Reprinted 1995, 1997

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Original text by
Verona Groverman

Edited by
J. Cook/G. Thomas

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1: The role of a group promoter
Chapter 2: Working methods of a group promoter
Chapter 3: Using participatory learning methods


Chapter 1: Group formation

Step 1: Entering the community
Step 2: Identifying the poor
Step 3: Discussing group formation
Step 4: Establishing a group

Block 1: Leadership
Block 2: Member contributions
Block 3: Making a group constitution
Block 4: Keeping records

Step 5: Self-reliance and sustainability

Chapter 2: Inter-group associations

Step 1: Promoting inter-group associations
Step 2: Forming an inter-group association

Chapter 3: Income generation

Step 1: Preparing for income generation

Block 1: Feasibility
Block 2: Profitability
Block 3: Planning
Block 4: Marketing
Block 5: Savings
Block 6: Loans

Step 2: Launching the group activity

Chapter 4: Participatory monitoring and evaluation

Step 1: Introducing PMOE
Step 2: Developing PMOE methods


ANNEX 1: Participatory learning techniques
ANNEX 2: Participatory rural appraisal techniques
ANNEX 3: Sources
ANNEX 4: Addresses