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This guide was developed as part of the IRC’s Economic and Social Empowerment (EA$E) Initiative. The EA$E program model was developed in response to the growing recognition that economic programs with targeted social outcomes could have exponentially higher returns for women. 

The goal of the CEFE (Competency-based Economies through Formation of Enterprises) curriculum is to train EA$E members to develop successful and sustainable businesses. Overall, participants will develop entrepreneurial competencies and elaborate a business plan.

By the end of the training, EA$E members will have:

  • Analyzed the constraints and demands of forming and operating a business.
  • Identified their best entrepreneurial skills and characteristics.
  • Developed their recordkeeping capacities.
  • Conducted a market survey for their businesses.
  • Polished and elaborated their business plans.