Women Entrepreneurs Address Poverty and Social Change through Empowering Grassroots Initiatives in Tanzania

Women Entrepreneurs Address Poverty and Social Change through Empowering Grassroots Initiatives in Tanzania

Ladislaus M. Semali (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8568-0.ch002
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Abstract

This chapter investigates the story of Jitahidi women in Tanzania to understand the dynamics of empowerment at the grassroots level. The stories chronicled in this chapter present self-reliance events, motivations, and practical initiatives of a small entrepreneurial group of women, organized with shoe-string budgets. Their goal was to establish a women's collective strength that could unleash women's lives from oppressive economic regimes, patriarchal traditions, gender inequality, gender discrimination, and socio-historical legacies that exploit women everywhere. The study revealed that dialogical way of thinking and underlying conventions wrapped-up in Women in Development activities in Tanzania were critical in providing the vision that guided the Jitahidi group to create a space for transformation and potential to empower women so as to define their own educational needs and create political organizations within the local community.

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