Studies show that despite constraints women entrepreneurs in sub-Saharan countries face, they create value for themselves, their family well-being and societal welfare through their entrepreneurial activities. Development economists acknowledge that this value creation through enterprising has a positive impact on development indicators that go beyond economic growth, in particular for women entrepreneurs. Building on this notion, we explore the value that women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia create for their sense of self through their entrepreneurial activity within a constrained socio-economic environment. The narrative accounts of three women entrepreneurs in Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, highlight the challenges and opportunities women encounter as well as the values they create. Specifically, the study gives an insight into how the women’s entrepreneurial activities help in building capability to exercise agency, self-confidence, decision- making autonomy, wellbeing and personal growth and learning. The practical implications of the findings and directions for future studies are discussed.
|Title of host publication||Research Handbook of Women’s Entrepreneurship and Value Creation|
|Editors||Shumaila Yousafzai, Colette Henry, Monique Boddington, Shandana Sheikh, Alain Fayolle|
|Publisher||Edward Elgar Publishing|
|Number of pages||13|
|ISBN (Print)||9781789901375, 9781789901368|
|Publication status||Published - 2022|
|Series||Research Handbooks in Business and Management series|