Publication Date

Spring 4-12-2008


Presented at the 38th Student Research Conference on April 12th, 2008 at the Carol Knicely Conference Center, Western Kentucky University.


Small businesses are seen as an agent of economic growth in developing countries. Recently, the idea of micro-lending has received increased attention due to its promising effects on employment and personal economic growth in rural developing areas. However, we lack an in depth understanding of how male and female business owners differ.

In the summer of 2007, our research group from Western Kentucky University spent three and a half weeks in a small rural area of Kenya, Africa. This area called Kasigau was situated at the base of Mount Kasigau in eastern Kenya. During our time there, we surveyed the different villages around the base of the mountain and collected data on small businesses in the villages. This is the data and findings presented.


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