Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs: How Eleven Women Escaped Poverty And Became Their Own Bosses

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Over the last five years, the number of women-owned businesses has grown at twice the rate of all U.S. firms; in the next few years, the number is expected to surpass the six million mark. Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs tells the inspirational stories of eleven low-income women who have marshaled the creative energy, confidence, and capital necessary to start their own small businesses. These women, who have used their entrepreneurial skills as a route out of poverty, give an American face to an economic empowerment tool that has enjoyed great success in developing countries. By becoming their own bosses, they not only provide for their children but also inspire them. Though each of their businesses is unique, all eleven of these women have discovered previously unknown strengths as they've struggled to overcome personal and bureaucratic obstacles. All received important assistance from nonprofit organizations supported by the Ms. Foundation for Women, the pioneer funding entity of microenterprise programs in the United States. Updated with a new epilogue.

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From the Foreword by Sen. John Kerry, Ranking Minority Member, Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

In a bold endeavor, Martha Shirk, Anna Wadia and the Ms. Foundation, have shown us the possibilities of empowering low-income women through entrepreneurship. The eleven women in "Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs" aren’t Carly Fiorina, Meg Whitman, Andrea Jung or Oprah Winfrey, but that doesn’t diminish the impact they’ve had on their communities or the obstacles they’ve overcome to make a difference in their own lives.

"Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs" is not a juicy story of corporate greed and scandal. It is not a tale of corruption and white-collar crime, but it is more than the story of how eleven women escaped poverty and became their own bosses. It is a testament to the sheer power of the entrepreneurial spirit. It is an inspiration to the millions of Americans struggling to make ends meet, and it makes a compelling case for social change. As I have said on many occasions, women entrepreneurs do not get the recognition they deserve for their contributions to their communities and our national economy: Eighteen million Americans would be without jobs today if it weren’t for the women who had the courage and the vision to strike out on their own and start a business. As more women experience the independence of business ownership, there will continue to be inspiring stories like those in "Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs" that make clear the path from poverty to prosperity through entrepreneurship. These women have used their small businesses to lift themselves out of poverty, to spend more time with their families, and to serve their communities. They exemplify the creativity and determination of the many women who turn to entrepreneurship.

...For many Americans, being your own boss is the American Dream – entrepreneurship the next frontier. If that is the case, then women are leading the way, and "Kitchen Table Entrepreneurs" has shown us how and why.

About the Author:

Martha Shirk, a journalist who specializes in social issues, is co-author of Lives on the Line. She lives in Palo Alto, California.

Anna Wadia is a program director at the Ms. Foundation in New York City.

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