An entrepreneurial mind-set does not stop at the Dutch border. Quente intends to learn from international experience and share good practices from the Netherlands internationally, in order to foster and stimulate entrepreneurial behaviour. As such, Quente has implemented several international projects.
In addition, Quente VOF has a franchise based in Accra, Ghana: Quente Africa Ltd.
Micro credit in Ghana
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“Recognising and fostering entrepreneurial competence of micro-credit clients”, UniCredit Bank, Ghana, 2012, funded by NUFFIC
The training raised advance attention to entrepreneurship indicators in micro credit schemes through recognition and fostering of entrepreneurial competence of borrowers. Participants learned three models for entrepreneurship (theory of planned behaviour, opportunity model, Amsterdam-Giessen model) and learned to apply criteria from theory to their working practices.
“Show me the Numbers: Training in Farm Management for Extension Workers in Organic Agriculture”, The Caribbean Institute, 2012-2013, funded by NUFFIC
Capacity building in organic farm management (planning, crop administration, strategic management and financial administration) for extension workers, in order to develop a cadre of highly competent extension workers who are specialize in organic, sustainable farm management.
“Young and ambitious: go for agri-food business!”, YAN Africa, Uganda, 2014, funded by NUFFIC
In this project, individual, entrepreneurial skills were measured through an entrepreneurship e-scan, which is the basis for awareness, further growth and development of entrepreneurial competence on individual level. The Canvas business model, Canvas strategy, Value Proposition Canvas and partnership canvas were used to develop good value propositions and to understand the needs of a customer and to focus services for for the new organisation Youth Agri-food business Network (YAN). In order to make YAN a professional organisation, a strong team is necessary, which includes a comprehensive set of teamroles, indicated in a Belbin test and exploring team theories and developing team action plans. Moreover an organizational action plan was developed as part of this training.
“Fostering Scientific Entrepreneurship: enabling science and technology transfer to the agri-food sector”, Food Research Institute Ghana (FRI), 2015, funded by NUFFIC
This training focussed on enabling scientist to develop themselves as entrepreneurial scientist. In the training 20 researchers of the Food Research Institute Ghana were trained hands-on experience related to customer development, in particular knowledge and experience on
1) how a new idea, analysis or technology can be converted to sets of product/service hypotheses and tested until a problem-solution fit with potential customers (i.e. farmers, cooperatives or agri- and food business) is validated; and
2) how a product or technology can be tested and transferred in a business model for potential customers such as farmers, cooperatives or agri- and food business that is proven to generate profit in a repeatable and scalable manner.
Projects implemented by Quente Africa:
“Training of Zonal Coordinators of Coca-Cola Ghana”, 2013, funded by Coca-Cola
Training and capacity building for selected and assessed would-be zonal coordinators in the three poorest regions in Ghana who will handle rural trading women groups to benefit from micro group loans of a revolving fund programs as part of coca cola CRS for five years. The major spotlights includes:
- Credit management
- Tactical and operational planning
- Group dynamics and mechanic
- Book keeping
- Cash handling
- Report writing
- Loans performance and delinquency indicators
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