Drawing from data collected for SBP’s SME Growth Index – an annual study of established small and medium sized firms – along with an extensive reading of the available comparative international research on women’s entrepreneurship, this Issue Alert offers a unique overview of women entrepreneurs in South Africa’s formal sector: the characteristics of their firms, their motivations for entering business, their growth orientations. It also interrogates the extent to which women entrepreneurs are different from their male counterparts and whether they face unique, gender-based barriers.

By SBP: www.sbp.org.za