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Social Work

On-line version ISSN 2312-7198
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MATSAI, Vimbainashe  and  RANIGA, Tanusha. Economic stressors and coping strategies of single mothers living in poverty in Zimbabwe. Social work (Stellenbosch. Online) [online]. 2021, vol.57, n.2, pp.182-192. ISSN 2312-7198.

The economic experiences of single mothers working in the informal economy receives little attention in public policy debates and social development transformative interventions. This study qualitatively explored the economic experiences of eight single mothers who worked in the informal economy in Zimbabwe. Drawing on African feminism, the authors present the biographical profiles of these mothers and discuss three key themes: financial hardships, social discrimination and safety nets. The article concludes with some considerations for harnessing the valuable contributions made by single mothers to the informal economy.

Keywords : economic experiences; economic stressors; coping strategies; informal economy; poverty; single mothers.

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