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What People are Saying

“The comparative nature of Dr. Osirim’s work constitutes a major contribution in the field of women’s entrepreneurship in Africa.”—Nancy Horn, independent consultant in African development

Enterprising Women in Urban Zimbabwe is a welcome addition to the literature. These are really fascinating women, as anyone who has ever encountered them can attest, and their story deserves to be told.”—Michael West, Binghamton University

“[This book] describes and analyzes urban Zimbabwean women’s small-scale business enterprises through the sensitizing lens of feminist political economy.”—Choice

Chapter List

List of Tables and Figures

1. Introduction: Why Study Zimbabwean Women Entrepreneurs in a Globalizing Era?

2. Shaping the Discourse on Women and Development: Theory and History in the Study of Women and the Microenterprise Sector

3. Crocheters as Dynamic Innovators and Producers of Material Culture

4. “The Market Sustains Me”: Traders Persisting under Difficult Odds

5. Hairdressers and Seamstresses: Pathways to Success in a Challenging Environment?

6. To Support or Not to Support Women’s Microenterprises: The State, NGOs, Informal Associations, and Coping Strategies

7. Conclusion: Moving beyond Simple Survival in the Microenterprise Sector

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