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Economics: Informal Sector: Sub-Saharan Africa
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Throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, women dominate the smallest of enterprises within the informal sector, particularly those that require minimal investment. In South Africa, some 60 percent of workers in this sector are women. Their activities are generally an expansion of skills required to run a household: selling fresh or processed food including beer, producing traditional handicrafts from baskets to…

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Tinker, Irene, “Economics: Informal Sector: Sub-Saharan Africa”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 23 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0234f>
First published online: 2009

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