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Stokvel members learn business skills

BSSA was requested by BKS Marketing & Associates to offer business skills training to members of its Ariel Stokvel Academy. A total of 258 stokvel members were trained in Soweto (two groups), Durban (four groups) and the East Rand (two groups) from February to May 2017.

The Ariel Stokvel Academy was established by BKS Marketing to assist women between the ages of 25 and 55 who are stokvel members to start and grow businesses, and to spend additional income not only on consumer items.

BSSA's Business Orientation training course was used for the training. The topics covered included selections from practical marketing, the difference between being employed and starting your own business, generating business ideas, an overview of the market, understanding customer needs, and the importance of customer care.

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