Women Entrepreneurship and Poverty Alleviation: Understanding the Economic and Socio-cultural Context of the Igbo Women’s Basket Weaving Enterprise in Nigeria

Okolie, U. C., Ehiobuche, C., Igwe, P. A. , Agha-Okoro, M. A. and Onwe, C. C. (2022) Women Entrepreneurship and Poverty Alleviation: Understanding the Economic and Socio-cultural Context of the Igbo Women’s Basket Weaving Enterprise in Nigeria. Journal of African Business . ISSN 1522-8916

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/15228916.2021.1874781

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This study explores the socio-cultural and economic context in which Igbo women’s basket weaving enterprise develops and operates in Nigeria and their beliefs about how entrepreneurial action can alleviate poverty. We conducted a qualitative study of 48 Igbo women entrepreneurs who run local basket weaving enterprise in 16 rural communities of 4 out of the 5 Igbo States (southeast region) of Nigeria, to explore the impact of informal entrepreneurial learning, socio-cultural and economic issues, individual values in business start-ups and development in the cities after post-primary education in an attempt to alleviate poverty in line with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG 1). Focusing on three dominant themes (including socio-cultural and economic issues of the Igbo women basket weaving entrepreneurs, etcetera) from the thematic analysis, we analyze the factors that contribute to understanding the socio-cultural context of the Igbo women’s basket weaving enterprise in Nigeria. Findings provide a framework of the Igbo women entrepreneurs’ poverty alleviation and show evidence of a perspective of entrepreneurship for poverty alleviation that is different from the mainstream entrepreneurship literature on poverty alleviation.

Keywords:Women entrepreneurship, Basket weaving enterprises, Community-based enterprise, Poverty Alleviation
Subjects:N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
N Business and Administrative studies > N200 Management studies
N Business and Administrative studies > N211 Strategic Management
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:44670
Deposited On:13 May 2021 09:47

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