Are Women the Key to African Growth?

by Orla Ryan

With brightly coloured mats on their head, rural women arrive in Kampala looking to sell their goods.A woman pumping water from a well Women make a big contribution to Africa’s economy These mats and pots are often made at home. For many rural women, their main activity is growing enough food to eat, with some left over for sale.Call it entrepreneurship or just plain survival, but female labour accounts for a hefty chunk of Africa’s economies.

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