Supporting Business Development

As part of the support to MSMEs, SEDIN implements the SME Business Training and Coaching Loop (SME Loop) to increase employment and income in 3 partner states. The SME Loop approach was developed and successfully piloted in Sierra Leone and is currently being rolled-out in several other countries, e.g. Nigeria, Malawi, Mali and Benin. The first SME Loop was implemented in Nigeria in 2017 over a six-month period, which was used to analyse the approach and adapt it to the Nigeria context.  The revised material is being used for a second round of SME Loop implementation since October 2018 onwards.

Based on the experience from the first SME Loop in Nigeria, SEDIN developed training materials for a Business Training and Coaching Loop focused on start-ups (Start-up Loop). Since March 2018, the Start-up Loop has been implemented with 4 partner organisations in the three states.


SMEsabi is an interactive learning platform for SMEs and start-ups, as well as anyone interested in business management and entrepreneurship. The website and mobile app foster new ways of learning: self-study at your own pace and guided learning with interaction with a trainer or coach.


Lead Resources, Abeokuta, Ogun State
Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, Niger State


  • Development of e-learning platform and mobile app for e-learning
  • Development of 5 e-learning modules: Business Model Canvas (BMC), Market and Marketing, Record-Keeping, Access to Finance and Business Planning  
  • Testing of mobile app and e-learning platform with SMEs, start-ups and university students
  • Integration of e-learning into the Start-up Loop to create a blended learning experience
ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS)

Contact us:

GIZ – Pro-Poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria Programme – SEDIN

Contact Address:

20-22, Haile Selassie Street,

Asokoro, Abuja


Phone: +234 (0) 8135157249