Women entrepreneurs address poverty and social change through empowering grassroots initiatives in Tanzania

Ladislaus M. Semali

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCases on Grassroots Campaigns for Community Empowerment and Social Change
PublisherIGI Global
Pages27-49
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781466685697
ISBN (Print)1466685689, 9781466685680
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 30 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Women entrepreneurs address poverty and social change through empowering grassroots initiatives in Tanzania'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this

    Semali, L. M. (2015). Women entrepreneurs address poverty and social change through empowering grassroots initiatives in Tanzania. In Cases on Grassroots Campaigns for Community Empowerment and Social Change (pp. 27-49). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-8568-0.ch002