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Impact of electricity services on microenterprise in rural areas in Tanzania

Maleko, G.C. (2005) Impact of electricity services on microenterprise in rural areas in Tanzania.

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Abstract:The development of micro-enterprises in rural areas in Tanzania is linked with the increase in access and use of grid electricity services, leading to changes in micro-enterprises, and changes in livelihood characteristics of entrepreneurs, employees and community members in areas where these enterprises located. Micro-enterprises are important in their role as contributors to the economy of the rural poor especially women, technological development of rural people and in their potential for employment creation. Estimates show that there are about 700,000 new entrants into the labour market every year about 500,000 of whom are school leavers from all levels with few marketable skills. Most of these people end up in the MEs sector. In rural areas of Tanzania, micro-enterprises acts as a vehicle for creating income distribution for rural poor, they are resources of poverty reduction. The main problem that was addressed in this work was lack of understanding of the linkages between uses of grid electricity services and micro enterprise establishment, expansion, growth, decline and closure in rural areas in Tanzania. The main aim of this research was to explore linkages between increased access to grid electricity services and micro-enterprise development in rural areas in Tanzania. This project investigated changes in both micro-enterprises and livelihood of people involved in enterprises after uptake of grid electricity services for operation. Livelihood context was used to contribute to understanding of the changes happening in micro-enterprises both within and between each other after up taking of grid electricity services
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:Business Administration MSc (60644)
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