Forje Lema Catherine
Women running microenterprises face long hours with low returns, and often accumulate debts. This study of women entrepreneurs in Cameroon revealed that a poor choice of business venture often means that they run at a loss; however, many women value their businesses for non-financial reasons, such as the fact that they get them out of the house. In spite of their low returns, women's businesses are critical to the survival of their households through the current economic crisis, and as such are important for the national economy. The author makes a number of recommendations as to how women's entrepreneurship could be better channelled and supported.