Poverty is a Woman, Her Daughters Look Like Her.
'Wawira!’ He searched the bags frantically. ‘Waa-wii-raaa!’,
‘Kirui’, her heart ached. ‘That is all I sold today. Take money from your Msupa, Kirui, take
money from her today to drink your changaa’.
But she didn't want to be beaten today because she was still recovering from the last beating.
She dipped her hand into her bra through her faded kitenge and pulled out another damp roll of KSh 3000 which will be transformed into changaa at Mama Pima, then flow through
Kirui’s mouth, into his liver and bladder then finally urinated into the gutter mingling with
the stagnant fecal and industrial waste of the neighbourhood.
Her heart ached…
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How will Wawira break her cycle of poverty? How will the majority of African Women Entrepreneurs who lack the substantial collateral, access the level of finance required to build their businesses beyond the petty level?
In her second non-fiction work- Poverty is a Woman, Her Daughters Look Like Her- Ndidi Nkwopara, captures the travails of African women entrepreneurs as the world progresses towards gender equality by closing the financial gap. She also shares her journey as a female entrepreneur in African Shea Value Chain, working with the rural women producers to process sheanuts into sheabutter. From the farmgate, the sheabutter is transported to the cosmetic factory in the urban city and finally to the retail shelves of shops and spas as finished products like Ariella Sheabutter.
The book critically looks at the reasons why inspite of the local and international funds made
available to financial and non-financial organisations for the purpose of empowering women, closing the gender gap has been very slow and insignificant. It also prefers solutions.