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

Ladislaus M. Semali (Pennsylvania State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 49
EISBN13: 9781466688605|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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