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The traditional broom trade in Bushbuckridge, South Africa: helping poor women cope with adversity

Shackleton, S and Campbell, B (2007). The traditional broom trade in Bushbuckridge, South Africa: helping poor women cope with adversity. Economic Botany: devoted to applied botany and plant utilization,61(3):256-268.

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IRMA ID A00002xPUB41
Title The traditional broom trade in Bushbuckridge, South Africa: helping poor women cope with adversity
Author Shackleton, S
Campbell, B
Journal Name Economic Botany: devoted to applied botany and plant utilization
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 61
Issue Number 3
ISSN 1874-9364   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-35148818717
Start Page 256
End Page 268
Total Pages 13
Place of Publication New York
Publisher New York Botanical Gardens Publications Dept
Field of Research 0607 - Plant Biology
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract The extensive local and regional market for traditional, handcrafted twig and grass brooms in the Bushbuckridge municipality, South Africa, provides an important means of livelihood security for several hundred poor households in the face of increasing economic hardship. Participants in this trade were a vulnerable group of middle-aged to elderly women with poor levels of education and few assets. Over half headed their own house-holds, and several came from households affected by AIDS. Entry into the broom trade was mainly a coping strategy in response to crisis, becoming long-term in the absence of alternatives. Average net annual incomes for producers and traders were modest at ZAR 2,000 and ZAR 1,000 respectively (ZAR=South African Rand), although some were earning considerably more. While unlikely to provide a way out of poverty, the trade was critical in allowing diversification and in providing a safety net, assisting poor households to overcome adversity, meet several basic needs, and educate their children.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1663/0013-0001(2007)61[256:TTBTIB]2.0.CO;2   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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