From the shop floor: Microenterprise development in a Bolivian city

  • R. Eversole (2003). Urban Anthropology, 377-423
  • Abstract: This article offers a picture of small-scale manufacturing in the Bolivian city of Sucre from the perspectives of owner-managers of five small carpentry businesses. Its goal is to address some basic questions about the business-development process for microentrepreneurs in poor local economies: what motivates these business owners, what obstacles do they identify to business growth, and what roles do microenterprise development organizations play in assisting them to overcome these obstacles and stimulate economic development? Over a 15-month study period, these five businesses (which are typical of the many small-scale carpentry businesses in Sucre) demonstrated incremental growth or a redirection of their energies into other ventures. They had practically no relationship with the business development service providers offering to "grow microenterprises," nor with business or artisans' associations, and only limited relationships with microenterprise lenders. Ultimately, these microenterprise development organizations had little influence upon business development in this key industry sector. The view from the shop floor explains why: microenterprise development organizations pursued economic outcomes while often failing to take into account the wider social and geographic contexts in which such outcomes happen. 2003 The Institute, Inc.
  • Theme: Growth and performance
  • Keywords: business development, business service, manufacturing, microenterprise, Bolivia, Chuquisaca, South America, Sucre [Chuquisaca]
  • Reference type: Journal Article
  • Geographic location: Bolivia, South America, Global South
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