Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Barefoot MBA Training of Trainers Project in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines

GIVE recently organized and completed a workshop in Bacolod City, Philippines, on August 24-28, 2009 to provide teacher curriculum training for the Barefoot MBA, a business skills training program.

The workshop was hosted by Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation and attended by 27 representatives from several Asian organizations in the Philippines and Cambodia. Scott Raymond and Katherine Boas, two Stanford Graduate School of Business students who developed the program, traveled to the Philippines to lead the workshop.

Barefoot MBA was adapted from a long running program developed by the Population and Community Development Association (PDA), a prominent Thai nongovernmental organization (NGO). According to the Stanford Graduate School of Business website:
  • Katherine Boa and Scott Raymond got the idea during a service-learning trip to Thailand early in 2007, organized through the School’s Public Management Program. Their host was Mechai Vivavaidya, the founder and chairman of Population and Community Development Association, which received a $1 million Gates Award for Global Health in 2007 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • The Thai group’s founder told the Stanford students that rural business owners who received microloans could benefit from a basic curriculum designed to help them learn business fundamentals. “Scott and I sort of looked at each other and we said, ‘We could do that.’ We’ve learned this stuff,” Boas said.
  • Designed for teachers, the Barefoot MBA series of lessons explain complex topics to motivated, but often uneducated, people who may be unfamiliar with formal classroom environments and teaching tools.
The workshop serves as a launching point for GIVE’s work in Asia in the coming year. GIVE is supporting the rollout of the Barefoot MBA with our partners to help poor entrepreneurs master basic business concepts, develop an entrepreneurial mindset and make better business decisions. Stay tuned!

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