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Socio-economic empowerment of communities by grassroots organizations: the case of the harambee self help groups in Kenya

Ochanda, Richard Muko (2013) Socio-economic empowerment of communities by grassroots organizations: the case of the harambee self help groups in Kenya. Corvinus Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 4 (1). pp. 55-79.

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Abstract

This paper contributes to the discourse on grassroots organizations by providing details of research on traditional Harambee Self Help Groups (SHG) in Kenya in the light of social enterprise and third sector discourses. Data for this study were provided by the provincial administration of Riruta Location in Nairobi, Kenya. The location archives were comprised of self-help group registration forms, constitutions, details of dispute processes, correspondence, proposals and minutes. The study found that increases in SHG resource mobilization activities, organizational meetings, governmental recognition (registration), membership and village outreach had a significant positive influence on the number of economic empowerment activities. Decreases in networking and increases in challenges faced by the SHGs had a negative influence on their activity. This study attempts to equate the Harambee SHGs with social enterprises, studies their entrepreneurial dynamic within the Kenyan third sector and examines their historical and current contribution to the country.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:social enterprises, third sector, Harambee, self help groups, community-based organizations
Subjects:Sociology
ID Code:3130
Deposited By: Veronika Vit├ęz
Deposited On:10 Nov 2017 10:47
Last Modified:10 Nov 2017 10:47

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