The biographies profiled here show how women in their struggles become agentic actors in their local spaces. They show the different ways in which and degrees to which women are empowered and the deeply intertwined nature of individual empowerment and larger social goals. The profiles focus on individual histories, goals and aspirations as well as their commitments to social change. We chose the women based on their effective agency in which their activities and empowerment have consequences for both their own lives and their communities. The women showcased here see their own personal development, women’s emancipation, and social transformation integrally interconnected.
This is a study of 20 cooperatives that have been in existence in the rural Eastern Cape. The case studies identify various factors limiting the growth and development of the cooperatives. Central in the regard is the role of the state.
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