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The role of handicraft micro-enterprises as a catalyst for youth employment

Fillis, IR and Abisuga-Oyekunle, O (2016) The role of handicraft micro-enterprises as a catalyst for youth employment. Creative Industries Journal. ISSN 1751-0694

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Abstract

There is a pressing need to equip South African’s youth with the means to develop their entrepreneurial potential. In this context, there is the need for the government to create a support mechanism to help integrate young people into the job market, through the handicraft Entrepreneurship. The objective of this study is to examine job creation, income generation and poverty alleviation opportunities in developing the microenterprise-handcraft linkage, with special attention to vulnerable sectors of society, the youths. However, the handicraft sector is performing at a level far below its potential in South Africa. This research study into the reasons behind such weak performance, its developmental aspects, and different implication shall be suggested on the contribution of handicrafts in eradicating poverty and maintaining a sustainable livelihood for the youths. The paper shows key findings from a literature review and from semi-structured interviews with local producers, supporters, and buyers of handicraft products in the Western Cape Province. The methodology used for this research is an exploratory approach using a qualitative data collection method. Finally, the study provides a comprehensive strategy on how to enhance the South African handicraft sector to better meet its needs as a micro-enterprise to create a better living for the people.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism And Services, 19 Studies In Creative Arts And Writing, 12 Built Environment And Design
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Liverpool Business School
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Ltd.
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2016 11:28
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2016 11:28
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/17510694.2016.1247628
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4854

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