Institutional Case Studies on Necessity Entrepreneurship
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Institutional Case Studies on Necessity Entrepreneurship

Edited by Jeremi Brewer and Stephen W. Gibson

An estimated one billion individuals in both developed and developing nations can be defined as necessity entrepreneurs; individuals who have no other viable option for licit income than to start a small, income generating activity. However, the emphasis on providing business and leadership training to necessity entrepreneurs is only just gaining traction. This book provides the first-known global analysis dedicated exclusively to organizations from both the public and private sectors that are specifically involved with microenterprise education for necessity entrepreneurs. The authors provide a pragmatic synopsis and evaluate the efficacy of the programs that have been, currently are, or will soon be teaching and/or training necessity entrepreneurs around the globe.
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Chapter 11: Self-reliance through self-employment: an approach by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Geoffrey K. Davis and Andrew Maxfield


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has taught self-reliance to its members since its founding in the early nineteenth century, but expansive growth since the 1980s in developing countries and especially amongst the poor has evolved the approach of self-reliance to proactively meet the needs of a growing membership. By identifying vital behaviors that lead participants out of poverty, the self-employment model, derived from microenterprise training, guides participants through a 12-week group program that emphasizes training, mentoring, and accountability. Self-reliance through self-employment traces implementation of a successful sample training model and plans for future development.

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