Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs

Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs

How Eleven Women Escaped Poverty and Became Their Own Bosses

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Shares the inspirational stories of eleven low-income family women who started their own small businesses, describing how each came into a sense of personal empowerment and received assistance from non-profit organizations supported by the Ms. Foundation for Women.

Perseus Publishing
Inspirational stories of eleven low-income women who are moving their families out of poverty by starting their own businesses

Over the last five years, the number of women-owned businesses has grown at twice the rate of all U.S. firms; in 2002, the number is expected to surpass the six million mark. Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs tells the inspirational stories of eleven low-income women who have marshaled the creative energy, confidence, and capital necessary to start their own small businesses. These women, who have used their entrepreneurial skills as a route out of poverty, give an American face to an economic empowerment tool that has enjoyed great success in developing countries. And by becoming their own bosses, they are not only providing for their children but also inspiring them. Though each of their businesses is unique, all eleven of these women have discovered previously unknown strengths as they’ve struggled to overcome personal and bureaucratic obstacles. All received important assistance from nonprofit organizations supported by the Ms. Foundation for Women, a pioneer funding entity of microenterprise programs in the U.S. Accompanying each profile are photographs by documentary photographer Earl Dotter, which capture the unique, hardworking American spirit of the entrepreneur and her family.

Book News
The stories of 11 American low-income women who started their own businesses as a way out of poverty echo an entrepreneurial trend that has been successful in developing countries. Writing for a general audience, Shirk (a journalist) and Wadia (a program director at the Ms. Foundation) provide profiles and photographs of the entrepreneurs, each of whom has received assistance from nonprofit business organizations associated with the Ms. Foundation for Women, a funding group for microenterprise programs in the United States. Microenterprise resources are listed in an appendix. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Boulder, Colo. : Westview Press, 2002
ISBN: 9780813339108
Branch Call Number: 338.04 SHI
Characteristics: xxviii, 306 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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