Rural Women Entrepreneurship in South Africa: Issues and Challenges




rural women entrepreneurship, rural development, women empowerment, South Africa


Despite its importance in rural development, women’s entrepreneurship has faced a series of problems in South Africa. For a holistic assessment of such problems, through a literature review approach, this study aims to review prior research on women entrepreneurship, with a focus on the issues and challenges surrounding rural women entrepreneurship in South Africa. Secondary information sources, such as journal articles, theses, books, abstracts, and credible business-affiliated websites, were used to conduct the review. Among the results emerging from the study, some of the key challenges facing South African rural women entrepreneurs include a lack of adequate financing, education and training, gender bias, inadequate business skills, and difficulties in balancing between family and business. In view of these challenges, this study recommends capacity-building programmes, a robust government policy framework, and opening wider channels of funding and awareness to foster entrepreneurial activities among rural women entrepreneurs in South Africa.


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Donga, G. and Chimucheka, T. (2024) “Rural Women Entrepreneurship in South Africa: Issues and Challenges”, African Journal of Inter/Multidisciplinary Studies, 6(1), pp. 1–12. doi: 10.51415/ajims.v6i1.1175.

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