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SIMPLE BOOKKEEPING AND BUSINESS MANAGEMENT SKILLS        
subjects:  Rural finance and Book-keeping              
levels and types of education: Non-formal education              
MEIJERINK RIA
FAO REGIONAL OFFICE FOR AFRICA , ACCRA, 2001, pages 88
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English
Simple Bookkeeping and Business Management Skills'is a training document to teach small-scale entrepreneurs how to use their numeracy skills in improving their businesses. It aims: to teach participants on how to use their numeracy skills in business activities, thus allowing them to continue practising their newly acquired skills; and to train them in how to improve their businesses by using simple business management techniques. The course targets small-scale entrepreneurs, both from rural and urban areas. Participants can be individual entrepreneurs or groups engaged in agricultural or other small-scale economic activities. Even though the course is mostly directed towards women, its content is also relevant for male entrepreneurs. Participants are expected to be able to do basic calculations, but they do not necessarily have to know how to read and write words. Where appropriate, symbols are used instead of words. Literacy courses can be held supplementary to the course on 'Simple Bookkeeping and Business Management Skills. The course explains the difference between "Money in" (credit) and "Money out" (debit) and provides examples of "Income" and "Expenditure". It teaches how to maintain a "cash book" (using symbols for the goods sold or the services rendered) and practises calculations on "profit" and "loss".
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