Benefits and challenges of micro-enterprise participation: women's cottage industry in Kaimosi, Kenya

Mary Grigsby, Stephen Jeanetta, Billystrom Jivetti

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Abstract

This article investigates the perspectives of Kenyan women in the Kaimosi cottage industry regarding the benefits and challenges of producing craft commodities for the global marketplace. Utilising qualitative methods, the research provides an understanding of issues the women faced in producing and marketing goods and offers insights for NGOs into some pitfalls for the sustainability of micro-enterprises. The women asserted that participation in the micro-enterprise had improved their family's economic well-being, helped finance their children's education, and improved their community status. This supports the literature that has found that women's involvement in micro-enterprises reduces poverty and improves well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1146-1159
Number of pages14
JournalDevelopment in Practice
Volume25
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 17 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Aid – Capacity development
  • Civil society – NGOs
  • Gender and diversity
  • Labour and livelihoods –Poverty reduction
  • Methods
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

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