Accion Dialogue on Business is an award-winning business training model developed for adult learning and based on the knowledge and experience of participants. It uses interactive games and role-playing to help participants solve real-life business challenges. Because the workshops are based on the real situations of its participants, rather than textbook cases, Accion Dialogue on Business is especially engaging for people with little formal education who may not learn effectively in a traditional classroom setting.
Since it began in 1999, Accion's Dialogue on Business program has trained more than 700,000 business owners in Latin America (60 percent of whom are women). In India, the support of the Muthoot Pappachan Group of Kerala has made it possible for us to reach nearly 30,000 microentrepreneurs across three southern states in the country. Additionally, with support from the Citi Foundation and a partnership with Friends of Women's World Banking, we have been able to reach 6,000 microentrepreneurs in the western state of Gujarat. While the program in India has generally been focused on women participants, it has begun working with low-income male participants, with encouraging results.
The Dialogue on Business program has many benefits for participants, including:
Participants learn the importance of keeping records and tracking their income and expenditures.
Trainings enable participants to realize their capacity to work from home in addition to their workplace.
Participants learn how to promote their businesses to attract interested customers.
Women participants often feel more capable of achieving their potential through trying new activities and taking a more active role in all aspects of family life.
Created by Accion Ambassador Asya Tabdili.