Approach and main drivers
Why we do what we do. Our drivers.
Our work is based on strong personal values and principles.
- We believe that training goes beyond simply teaching people knowledge and is about facilitating learning and unlocking hidden potential. That is why our formats follow the “Head, Heart and Hand” approach to adult education, linking the technical expertise (head) with capability (hand) and motivation (heart) to induce long-lasting change.
- We think that access to education and effective capacity development can have a high impact on development prospects of people and enterprises.
- We believe that the cooperative business model, just as any other microfinance and SME finance concept, can be a means to reduce poverty and dependencies. Independent of their approach/structure, microfinance institutions and cooperative banks prove that banking does not necessarily mean to pursue only profit maximization.
- Banking can be dedicated to improving the living conditions of individuals, improving regional structures and starting-up and further developing (small) businesses. With its peculiarities – focusing on member`s benefits, based on democratic principles and on the help-to-self-help idea – the cooperative business model represents an important pillar of financial participation for the poor.