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Title:Networking in Female Operated Small Scale Enterprises in Kenya
Authors:Imbaya, Beatrice H.O. OhutsoISNI
Akong'a, Joshua J.ISNI
Periodical:Mila: a Journal of the Institute of African Studies
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:women entrepreneurs
women's organizations
small enterprises
Labor and Employment
Development and Technology
Economics, Commerce
Small business
Business networks
Abstract:This paper examines the extent to which networking affects the performance of female-operated small-scale enterprises in Eldoret Municipality, Kenya. A survey of 175 female-operated enterprises in Huruma, Langas and the Central Business District of Eldoret Municipality was carried out, using a questionnaire, interviews and observations. The paper shows that business performance of these enterprises is low because women do not have sufficient capital. Most women respondents prefer to run sole-proprietorship enterprises. Although most of them do belong to associations of a social nature such as women's, merry-go-round, or church groups, which provide their businesses with some benefit, none of the women interviewed belongs to any professional or business group. This is an impediment to the success of female-operated small-scale enterprises. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]