Greener Journal of Business and Management Studies Vol. 6 (3), pp. 066-076, October 2016
Manuscript Number: 080816126
Women and Entrepreneurship for Poverty Alleviation: A Case of beekeeping in Chipinge Rural Areas, Zimbabwe
*Hlabiso G and Ngirazi Anyway
Department of Accounting and Marketing, Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University, Stand No. 1901 Barassie Road, P O Box 350 Bindura, Zimbabwe.
The present economic deflationary conditions in which there is very little cashchasing a lot of goods, now requires entrepreneurial skills if one is to put food on his or her plate. The high unemployment rate prevalent in Zimbabwe, is also calling for creative minds that can come up with innovative business ideas. It is out of this situation that the Chipinge rural women had the intuitive to embark on a lucrative business venture of beekeeping, a business domain which was culturally always reserved for man. The focal point of this paper is to find out how the entrepreneurial skills of these rural women of Chipinge District have managed to salvage themout of poverty. This study is based on 56 women of South Down rural area of Chipinge District found in ward 8, who are into beekeeping. This is a qualitative and as well as a quantitative research in which purposive sampling technique was used as an instrument to select the 56 women as respondents for this research. Interviews and a structured questionnaire were used as instruments to collect data from the field. The most important finding of this study is that beekeeping is a business venture which does not only create employment but most importantly it brings in lucrative income for these women. Again the beekeeping business has managed to provide significant income for the women to pay school and medical fees for their children. It has also enabled the women to buy clothing, food, household goods and establish a reasonably decent life for themselves. This research is to assist central government in the formulation of rural development policies for poverty alleviation. Again the research is to become an insight into the formulation of environmental management policies for the sustainable uses of natural resources.
Key words: entrepreneurship, poverty alleviation, beekeeping.
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