What is it about?

Starting a clothing manufacturing business offers women in Africa the opportunity to improve both their personal and community well-being. However, women are often ill-equipped with business skills or competencies to sustain their businesses economically. By partnering with incubation hubs and offering support while the emerging entrepreneurs actually run their businesses, higher education institutions can promote the goal of quality education and lifelong learning in Africa.

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Why is it important?

We propose in-house apparel apprenticeships to support and assist emerging clothing entrepreneurs. By sustaining their small businesses they offer the opportunity to create jobs and alleviate poverty in emerging economies.


I hope this article will make you realize the value of these small clothing manufacturers, as well as the importance of supporting their survival.

Mariette Strydom
University of South Africa

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This page is a summary of: Towards economic sustainability: how higher education can support the business operations of emerging clothing manufacturing micro enterprises, International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, May 2021, Emerald,
DOI: 10.1108/ijshe-05-2020-0152.
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