Market networking and trading: Transforming women's lives in Southern Philippines
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An informal group of rural women residing in a Southern Philippine watershed community demonstrates that networking and market participation are viable means for self-transformation amidst limited opportunities. Based on network analysis and qualitative interviews, this article delineates the women's marketing ties and experiences as vegetable biyahidors (traders) who hurdle constraints like capital shortage, losses incurred from grading and transporting perishables, increasing market competition, and lack of organized response to problem solving, through marketing practices established individually as well as collectively. The article underscores the necessity of institutional support through responsive market policies and programs to ensure the sustainability of the women's entrepreneurial endeavors.: Rural women, market network, trading, Philippines
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