South Africa has an extrememly high unemployment rate. Of the around 58 million population, 18 million people are benefiting from social state grants. My concern in general and this research in particular has been to help women who are completely dependent on the state grants to become more economically productive. The object of this specific paper was to find out what the effect of the NPO (non-profit organization) in Gauteng has had on the lives of eight women who participated in this study.
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.
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.
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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.