RAP publication 2004/01

Promoting rural women's cooperative
businesses in Thailand
A training kit

Smita Premchander and V. Prameela
in collaboration with
Wim Polman

Bangkok, 2004


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The FAO Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) Project
Capacity Building for Promotion of Cooperative Small Farmer and Women Group Activities

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Table of Contents





Module 1 - Introduction and objectives sharing

Session 1 - Inauguration of programme
Session 2 - Introduction of participants
Session 3 - Sharing objectives

Module 2 - Understanding women's cooperative businesses

Session 1 - Definition and classification of business
Session 2 - Understand business through the MAIR model
Session 3 - Indicators of successful women's cooperative businesses
Session 4 - Understanding women's cooperative businesses

Module 3 - Gender issues in women's cooperative businesses

Session 1 - Understanding the concept of gender
Session 2 - Gender issues in Thai society
Session 3 - Gender issues in women's cooperative businesses

Module 4 - Costing and pricing

Session 1 - Costing: concept and practice
Session 2 - Pricing: concept and practice

Module 5 - Bookkeeping and financial statements

Session 1 - Importance of bookkeeping and basic books of accounts
Session 2 - Profit and loss accounts

Module 6 - Marketing

Session 1 - What is marketing?
Session 2 - Elements of marketing
Session 3 - Marketing visit
Session 4 - Marketing channels

Module 7 - Savings, risk management and use of profits

Session 1 - Concept of savings
Session 2 - Concept of risk management
Session 3 - Use of profits

Module 8 - Business planning

Session 1 - What is a business plan, why a business plan and structure of a business plan

Module 9 - Leadership and team work

Session 1 - Concept of leadership and team work

Module 10 - Networking

Session 1 - Discussion on networking in groups

Module 11 - Monitoring and evaluation

Session 1 - Evaluating women's cooperative businesses
Session 2 - Preparation of action plans
Session 3 - Information for monitoring and support

Module 12 - Feedback of training

Session 1 - Feedback of training

Module 13 - Sector case studies


Annex I

Annex II

Selected bibliography