Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs
How Eleven Women Escaped Poverty and Became Their Own Bosses
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Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs by Martha Shirk
Book DescriptionOver the last five years, the number of women-owned businesses has grown at twice the rate of all U.S. firms; in the next few years, the number is expected to surpass the six million mark. Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs tells the inspirational stories of eleven low-income women who have marshaled the creative energy, confidence, and capital necessary to start their own small businesses. These women, who have used their entrepreneurial skills as a route out of poverty, give an American face to an economic empowerment tool that has enjoyed great success in developing countries. By becoming their own bosses, they not only provide for their children but also inspire them. Though each of their businesses is unique, all eleven of these women have discovered previously unknown strengths as they've struggled to overcome personal and bureaucratic obstacles. All received important assistance from nonprofit organizations supported by the Ms. Foundation for Women, the pioneer funding entity of microenterprise programs in the United States. Updated with a new epilogue.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813342238
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 20-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Martha Shirk
On Their Own, Paperback (August 2006)
On Their Own is meant to serve as a clarion call not only to policymakers, but to all Americans who care about the future of our young people.
Lives on the Line, Paperback (September 2000)» View all books by Martha Shirk
This landmark book examines the most urgent social problem facing us today: the welfare of America's children.
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Author Biography - Martha Shirk
Martha Shirk, a journalist who specializes in social issues, is co-author of Lives on the Line. She lives in Palo Alto, California. Anna Wadia is a program director at the Ms. Foundation in New York City.
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