The International Institute of Rural Reconstruction (IIRR) based in Cavite, Philippines, initiated a People's School which is geared towards mobilizing youth leaders for rural development. A curriculum and methodology for training community elected villagers to serve as diffuser of technology in their respective villages, not only in agricultural production but in other aspects of rural reconstruction, such as health, family planning, nutrition, literacy education, village drama and leadership programmes. A course is offered on self-government which in 1988 had already trained almost 200 village youth leaders, representing 40 villages in the municipalities of Silang and General Trias. The School's Women Leadership Training has increased women's involvement in income-generating projects in piggery, poultry, food processing and preservation. 17 women in one village and 23 from another have collectively organized pre-cooperative consumer stores to meet village needs.