ABOVE THE ODDS: A Decade of Change for Ugandan Women Entrepreneurs

ISBN: 1592217648

Too few books give an in-depth view of the challenges that African women face in running the enterprises which often provide the main source of support for their families. Ten years ago Women in African Economies: From Burning Sun to Boardroom, based on the lives of 74 women entrepreneurs in Uganda, helped to fill this gap. In her new book, Dr. Margaret Snyder revisits many of these women and, with her co-author Sarah Kitakule, gives a unique account of how they have coped over the past decade with trade liberalization and economic and environmental change; with drought and disease; and with tragedies and triumphs in their households and enterprises. Covering women who belong to both the informal and formal sector, farmers and traders as well as owners of small businesses, and live both in rural and urban areas, the book gives a real feel for how, through thick and through thin, women have been and remain the economic backbone of their communities and country. Marilyn Carr, Independent Development Consultant Ugandan businesswomen are leaders in furthering their country's economic development. It is therefore heartening to see volumes such as this one continue to give voice to them and highlight their continued barriers as well as their accomplishments. Peg Snyder and Sarah KitakuÏle capture the Ugandan women's spirit and provide inspiration to many others around the world. Amanda Ellis, Lead Specialist, Gender and Development, World Bank Group A new area of research on women in Africa opened a decade ago with the publication of Margaret Snyder s Women in African Economies: from Burning Sun to Boardroom. Her new book, Above the Odds: A Decade of Change for Ugandan Women Entrepreneurs, co-authored with Sarah Kitakule, goes a long way to consolidate this hitherto under-researched ground.The value of this book derives from its focus on the new class of female entrepreneurs who have demystified the business arena and demonstrated that African women operate beyond hawking in shanty marketplaces and by the roadside! They are recognized now as the backbone of their national economies. No doubt, the role models herein are a stimulus to potential entrepreneurs and make a case for policy formulation in support of women s entry into middle and large size enterprises. Joy Kwesiga, Vice Chancellor, Kabale University, Uganda

Product details

  • Publisher : Africa World Press; First edition (November 12, 2010)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 232 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1592217648
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1592217649
  • Item Weight : 13.4 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.91 x 0.63 x 8.9 inches
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