Enterprising Women in Urban Zimbabwe

Gender, Microbusiness, and Globalization

Mary Johnson Osirim



Mary Johnson Osirim investigates the business and personal experiences of women entrepreneurs in Harare and Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, to understand their successes, challenges, and contributions to development. These businesswomen work in the microenterprise sector―which is defined as businesses that employ five workers or fewer―with many working as market traders, crocheters, seamstresses, and hairdressers.


[This book] describes and analyzes urban Zimbabwean women's small-scale business enterprises through the sensitizing lens of feminist political economy. ―Choice


Mary Johnson Osirim is Professor of Sociology and co-director of the Center for International Studies at Bryn Mawr College.