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RANIGA, Tanusha. Poverty alleviation, social protection policy and sustainability of economic development cooperatives: voices of women residing in Bhambayi, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Social work (Stellenbosch. Online) [online]. 2018, vol.54, n.4, pp.395-406. ISSN 2312-7198.

This is one of a series of articles which endeavours to advance empirical data in the field of social protection policy and feminisation of poverty. Using participatory action methodology, the author presents evidence from 24 women who implemented three community development cooperatives spearheaded by the University of KwaZulu-Natal Community Outreach and Research Organisation. Within the framework of social justice, and asset-based and sustainable livelihoods, the author presents their biographical profiles and discusses two themes; intrapersonal challenges, and power and group relations, which were perceived as obstacles to the sustainability of the projects. This article concludes by presenting considerations for enhancing the sustainability of economic development cooperatives.

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