Rural low-turnover traders in the Volta Region are to be provided with credit facilities and business management skills to enable them increase their incomes.
The move is to be implemented by the Volta Regional Directorate of the Department of Women (DoW) of the Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs.
Miss Lena Alai, the Volta Regional Head of the DoW announced this at a workshop for some beneficiaries of similar facility under the Women Development Fund on Wednesday.
She said a little more knowledge of the intricacies of business management would make a lot of difference in the lives of these women.
The participants at the workshop including men are engaged in businesses such as gari and palm oil processing, vegetable farming, grocery and petty trading.
Miss Alai said the bulk of women in the region fell under this category of traders, with weak business skills and linkages but contributed quite substantially, to family sustenance.
Mr Emmanuel Akoto, a Micro-Business Development Consultant, said the management of every business venture no matter how small must be driven by the professional prerequisites for success.
He said these include responding to the needs of customers, setting targets, good visualization of prospects and commitment.
Mr Akoto, who is also a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Ho Polytechnic, said traders must strive to meet the needs of customers.
He said often small businesses did not survive because of poor visualization of prospects and record keeping, which made evaluations difficult.
Mr Akoto also advised the traders to ensure that they registered their businesses to enable them access banking facilities.