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and expanded, the individual marketing and selling capacities of the entrepreneurs. This intervention was considered important after the observation by EDP of the entrepreneurs’ experiences of participating in sales events, such as the agricultural fair. The intervention aimed to increase the capacity of the entrepreneurs to expand sales and their market position in future events such as the Eid market.

The project continued to assist in the development of the Faizabad market place by supporting the construction of latrine facilities. This intervention was considered as the most essential step to start the process of developing the facilities at the Faizabad marketplace, which will encourage consumers to increase the number and duration of visits to the market place.

BSPs provided a range of services to a group of female entrepreneurs to facilitate them to establish a woman’s soap making center. The services provided were based on similar support provided by the project to establish local WBCs, which included technical training, the provision of production technologies, and workshops to explore marketing and sales techniques. It is expected that the centre will introduce products to the local market in the beginning of 2008.

EDP conducted a workshop with one female entrepreneur in Baharak to identify the support she requires in order to establish the first beauty salon in Badakhshan. As a result, EDP is preparing an assistance package to facilitate the establishment of a beauty parlour venture in 2008.

On 13th of December, ASMED supported BSPs to conduct two training workshops for 30 female entrepreneurs operating from the Baharak WBCs. These training workshops address, and expanded, the individual marketing and selling capacities of the entrepreneurs. This intervention was considered important after the observation of the entrepreneurs’ experiences of participating in sales events, such as the agricultural fair. The intervention aimed to increase the capacity of the entrepreneurs to expand sales and their market position in future events such as the Eid market.

The project completed the construction of a storage facility for use by members of the Yomgan Seed Multipliers’ Association. Before this intervention, all produce was sold at the time of harvest, when prices are at their lowest. The ability to store undamaged produce will increase the quality of the products and lengthen the time when produce can be sold, and therefore increase the profits from the sale of these products.

PLANNED FOR NEXT QUARTER

ASMED conducted an assessment in Farah province December 24, 25 and 26. The BDS Specialist, Association Specialist and Gender Specialist met various stakeholders in Farah and identified areas of potential cooperation. Training will begin once weather conditions improve and PRT flights resume a normal schedule from Herat. Several BDS providers (BAMSA, AIBM, and Kabiri & Partners) have expressed interest in opening new offices in Farah.

ASMED will conduct further assessments in Ghor and Badghis to promote more program activities throughout the western region. A target of one training per week in Herat and two per month in the other regions is planned for 2008.

ASMED QUARTERLY REPORT

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OCTOBER – DECEMBER 2007

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