Resource / Kudumbashree Women’s Food Service Enterprises

Johnson, Liby T., Hrishikesh Thakur, and Aakriti Gupta. ‘Women Engaging with Markets from Positions of Strength: An Exploratory Understanding of Kudumbashree Women’s Food Service Enterprises‘. RULSG Lateral Studies Series on Kudumbashree 9, Centre for Development Studies, Thiruvananthapuram, December 2020.

Abstract: This paper chronicles the milestones and processes in the evolution of women’s large-scale participation in the food service sector in Kerala, promoted under the aegis of the State Poverty Eradication Mission of the Government of Kerala, popularly known as Kudumbashree Mission.

It raises questions about how the State actions inadvertently end up undermining the viability of poor women’s enterprises by burdening them with social welfare responsibilities.

It concludes by looking at the factors that are likely to influence the long-term success or otherwise of these businesses.

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