Many people in the world are involved in micro and small scale enterprises (MSEs) manufacturing equipment and producing goods, often as a family based activity or small group on a semi-formal basis. These micro and small scale enterprises typically include small metal workshops, woodworking, textile production, consumer products and repair shops. They support other economic developments such as agricultural production and processing, using small scale equipment.
Practical Action Publishing produces books, journals and catalogs covering a range of development fields including water and gender issues, agriculture and health. It aims to provide academic information and support to where it is needed most in the world.
Candlemaking for Profit
This book includes instructions on how to determine the feasibility of a candlemaking business, and advises on essential business planning.
This is a technical handbook to assist small-scale producers with alternative production techniques - to help them choose and apply those techniques which are most appropriate to local socio-economic conditions.
Made in Africa
This book examines the pros and cons of the local production of carpentry hand-tools as opposed to their importation.
The first three books of this series cover research, planning and pretesting of material, the design and production of artwork, and information about different printing processes.
Planning the Project
This is the first in a series of four related books. It deals with the thinking, planning and preparation that should take place before production of material begins. Whatever kind of material it is, it will take time and money.
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