Employment options for low-income women: Microenterprise versus the labor market
Author: Sanders C.K.
Source: Social Work Research, Volume 28, Number 2, June 2004 , pp. 83-92(10)
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract:This study builds on research that examines the effects of microenterprise on poor women in the United States. Household income, income from the business, and poverty status were examined over time and comparisons were drawn among three groups of women: low-income women who participated in one of seven U.S. microenterprise assistance programs; low-income self-employed women not attached to microenterprise assistance programs; and low-income women working but not self-employed. The findings cast doubt on the effectiveness of microenterprise assistance programs as an antipoverty strategy in the United States. However,women in the three groups moved out of poverty at the same rate. Policy, program, and practice implications are discussed.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2004-06-01
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