Empowering Women Through Social Entrepreneurship: Case Study of a Women’s Cooperative in India

Punita Bhatt, Robert Gailey

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Abstract

Women’s cooperatives offer self-employment opportunities that can contribute to
women’s social inclusion and empowerment. This article seeks to broaden existing understandings of women’s entrepreneurship by focusing on less studied types of ventures and contexts—namely, a social entrepreneurial venture in India. A case study analysis was used to assess two primary areas of interest: (1) elements of empowerment embedded in the venture’s business model and (2) individual perceptions of empowerment. The personal accounts of sister members reveal that this collective form of entrepreneurship has empowered them in three ways: economic security, development of entrepreneurial behaviour, and increased contributions to the family.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-587
Number of pages18
JournalEntrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2012

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