Agriculture and small businesses are the basis of employment and income in rural areas. HEKS/EPER specifically promotes products and businesses that are profitable for the local population. Of pivotal importance here are good professional training and people's ability to run their businesses successfully or to survive on the open labour market. HEKS/EPER therefore teams up with authorities, business people and the private sector to organize basic and advanced training programmes. HEKS/EPER also militates for fair working conditions and wages.