IBM training well received by the members

Inclusive Business Model (IBM) Training, took in place in early March in Kampala-Uganda.  The training was being offered by Centre for Development Innovation (CDI). Trainers Monika Sopov and Joost Guijt from CDI were very resourceful. The participants also contributed a lot from experience from their businesses and countries. Participants included AAA members and non AAA members in East Africa.


The key concept analyzed were understanding of Inclusive Business Model, and how to make your business model more inclusive. During the introduction to LINK methodology, concepts such as understanding of the value chain, the Business Model Canvas, the New Business Model Principles and Prototyping were underlined.


Participants had an opportunity to put all that was discussed into practice by touring companies owned by AAA members in Uganda. The companies visited were Sulma Foods-Honey dealers, Takuwa Best Feeds and Butenga Poultry farm. During the tours, members got the chance to evaluate the company’s business context, inclusiveness of the business, if the business has room for added value (or not) of inclusiveness and opportunities for business through greater inclusiveness. Participants presented their finding noting that it was enlightening.

“I found the training very useful, informative and educative,” said Robert Okodia, owner of Aryodi Bee Farm.


The second module of the training took place in Arusha towards the end of March and was attended by 15 participants. Among the things that members learnt include business strategies, market strategies, market position and business analysis.


Members also got a chance to visit two companies Arusha Dairy and Quality Food (QFP). From the visits members were able to put into practice what they learnt by analyzing the companies market strategies, business in general, SWOT analysis and presented their recommendations.


“After this training we do not want to be where we were or where we are now. We want to evaluate our business basing on the knowledge we have obtained and grow,” said Johnson Gachuhi from Mwailu Enterprises Limited in Kenya.