Based on ‘Understanding the informal sector using sub-sector analysis’. The author describes the sub-sector analysis method and applies it to tailors working in the informal sector in Kenya. The results of the analysis allow the author to discuss the factors which influence the success, or otherwise, of micro-enterprise in this sector; he also advocates the research method itself as a useful tool for identifying `system blockages’ (by tracking the movement of a product from input to output) and possible intervention strategies.
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