Role of economic development cooperatives in improving the livelihoods of women in Gauteng, South Africa

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Tanusha Raniga

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University of Johannesburg

A am a passionate social worker, academic and researcher who has an unconditional commitment to serve all of humanity
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Overview

There were a number of conclusions: First, women should be supported in terms of getting the psychosocial support that they need, because many women feel very lonely and isolated. So creating a business forum where they can share their experience monthly would be useful. Then social workers should really get involved

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Key Findings

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    • Women should be supported in their psychosocial needs. A lot of them feel very lonely and isolated, and setting up a business forum where they can share their experiences monthly would be useful.
    • The state needs to provide access funding, state loans or microcredit. Access to microcredit is really important, because it allows women to pool together and pay back their loans together and empower them to become economically active. To do so, social workers should get involved in advocating and lobbying.
    • NPO and cooperative projects like this one should be encouraged, since they facilitate economic development, human skills development and social networking.
    • olicymakers need to really support the informal economy.

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    About this research

      This research was independently conducted and did not receive funding from outside of the university.

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      About this research

        This research was independently conducted and did not receive funding from outside of the university.

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        What findings means

        The main finding was that, by partnering with this non-profit organization, women really benefited in many ways. They benefited in terms of the training they received and their own sense of empowerment, but also by increasing the networks amongst themselves, maintaining close contact and a support group every month where they would meet and share experiences and problem solve together. It was really great to know that organizations like this NPO facilitates women and economic empowerment.

        Methodology

        This research consisted of interviews with eight women employed by the non-profit organization and monitoring their experiences.

        The sample of this research is quite small, so you cannot really generalize the findings.

        Glossary

        ConceptDefinition
        Sustainable livelihoodLooking at sustainable livelihoods translates to looking at human capital development, social capital and the social networks, access to financial capital and physical capital. It is an approach to research and policy-making.

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        The full paper is not available open access

        Raniga, T. (2021). Role of economic development cooperatives in improving the livelihoods of women in Gauteng, South Africa. Development Southern Africa, 38(4), 591-606.