The International Center for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED) in implementing the ‘MAIDA’ project, has concluded the first phase business development training for stove producers in Gongulong, Jere Local Government Area, Born State. As part of efforts at enhancing recovery and strengthening resilience in Borno State through capacity building for improved livelihoods, ICEED with funding from the European Commission trained 39 women, men and adolescent youths from Gongulong in the use of local raw materials to produce fuel efficient cookstoves. Of the 39 trainees, 36 (consisting of 20 females and 16 males) have been offered product market development training with special focus on clean cookstoves. The training covered modules on entrepreneurial attitude, stove selling, promotion, product pricing, customers’ relations, funding and finance, stock taking and record keeping. At the end of the training, Dadinkowa Stove Association, Gongolung, a stove cooperative society was formed to help in stimulating the stove market within the area and beyond. This is the first of a series of business and market development trainings in “MAIDA” project, which aligns directly with the global objective of the EU’s planned support for early recovery in Borno State.
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