Empowerment through Elegant Designs: Perspectives inside a Bag Manufacturing Business by Some Batswana Women

Empowerment through Elegant Designs: Perspectives inside a Bag Manufacturing Business by Some Batswana Women

Rebecca Nthogo Lekoko (University of Botswana, Botswana)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8568-0.ch007
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Abstract

This chapter illustrates that self-empowerment cannot be achieved with strong doubts about capability or confidence. Rather, self-initiative is facilitated by ‘power-within' that is, self-acceptance and self-confidence or the ‘Yes-I-can-do-it' attitude. Having being laid off at work, women in this case started their own business of making elegant bags using skills they gained from the company that laid them off. These women were creative and had the right skills to make elegant bags. They also employed the right processes, structures and rationalities for the project to succeed. In sum, this chapter demonstrates that empowerment would not be effected in a vacuum; it always has to be backed up by policies, processes and rationalities for capacity-building, funding and other factors that can defeat project sustainability and success.

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