1. Needs and collaboration opportunity assessment
Qualitative data about rural women entrepreneurs' training needs and opportunities for collaboration will be collected through focus group discussions to develop themes to guide the national business contest. In total, 2 - 3 focus group discussions will be carried out among women with more than 1 year of business experience, with each focus group comprising 7 - 10 rural women. A brief demographic survey will also be used to collect minimal information (e.g., age, education) about the participants.
2. 5-module entrepreneurship capacity-building training program for rural women
The data collected in the needs and collaboration opportunity assessment will be used to fine-tune existing training modules that AGI have previously developed for rural women that best suit their entrepreneurship needs. The women will be split into 2 groups of 50 each and trained as a group. Two to three focus group discussions will be held among 7 – 10 women/groups who received the training and did not participate in the first set of FGD, using a post-training interview guide to provide feedback on the training.
3. 5-module entrepreneurship capacity-building training for graduates
Thirty graduates will receive a 5-module entrepreneurship training, which will be delivered virtually via Zoom Video Conferencing over 2 days. The duration for delivering each topic would be approximately 2 hours. A feedback survey (provided through Microsoft Forms) soliciting qualitative and quantitative data will be collected based on a post-training interview guide and administered to the graduates after completing the training.
4. Process evaluation of the project by both rural women and graduates during the business proposal development phase
Qualitative data about the processes adopted in this project will be collected through in-depth interviews. Before the business contest, five - ten rural women and ten graduates will be purposively selected for in-depth interviews from the rural women–graduate groups.
6. Assessment of participation and beliefs about factors affecting business during the business proposal development phase
During the 3 months graduate-rural women interaction period (business proposal development), qualitative data will be collected to understand how women perceive engagement levels and what determines their level of engagement, including health/nutrition. Quantitative survey data will be collected to test an engagement level measurement tool.
7. Follow up and monitoring for 3 selected viable businesses
After the business contest, qualitative data will be collected from the 3 selected business participants (one rural woman and one graduate per business).