Micro enterprises and microfinance for business women in rural areas of South Africa – A case study of Ga-Rankuwa at the interface between first and third world
- H. E. Klingelhfer, P. O. Aiyepola and A. O. Adewunmi (2012). International Journal of Entrepreneurial Venturing, 290-308
- Abstract: The majority of South Africa's rural population lives below the minimum living standard; basic amenities are lacking with low financial aid. This study, therefore, explores the nature of microfinance and micro enterprises in South Africa, the challenges, and sustainability. Choosing Ga-Rankuwa, a township near to Pretoria, the impact of microfinance on local business women is examined. Even at this interface between first and third world, micro business women face typical third world problems and microfinance service is still in a developing stage, while, in most cases, finance is the major problem for micro business. However, a survey shows that especially in such a situation, there is both the market potential and the infrastructure which allow for a successful implementation of microfinance, but the interface between first and third world demands for governmental help and community service as initial sparks. Once established, this interface situation promises good chances for microfinance sustainability. Copyright 2012 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
- Theme: Finance, Women/Gender
- Keywords: Banking, Business, Capital, Credit, Education, Entrepreneurial skills, Entrepreneurial venturing, Knowledge, Market, Micro enterprise, Micro finance institution, Microfinance, Poverty, Rural areas, SMME, Township, Training, Women
- Reference type: Journal Article
- Geographic location: South Africa, Africa, Global South