|dc.description.abstract||The purpose of this research was to investigate women's participation in development
through cooperatives and how cooperatives can be made more effective as instruments to
empower women in development in Rwanda, taking Kicukiro District of Kigali City as a case study. It was carried out with the
following study objectives in mind: to investigate women's contributions to development
through cooperatives, to identify the challenges that women face in development through
cooperatives, and to devise strategies for overcoming setbacks that women face in Kicukiro District of Kigali City
development through cooperatives in Kigali City.
Data was collected using a questionnaires, face-to-face interviews, and focus group
discussions, and they were guided by the questionnaire, which was distributed to be filled out
by 100 respondents, who constituted the sample size of this study. Existing literature on
cooperative enterprises was reviewed, and the information generated contributed to a better
understanding of the cooperative movement and its contributions to the socioeconomic
welfare of its members.
The study showed that cooperatives have helped women contribute greatly to development,
although, as members of the cooperative, they were facing a multiplicity of challenges. These
challenges were tested with a variety of strategies ranging from social to economic measures.
There is a need for government support in order to exploit the full potential of the cooperative
movement and attain women's development through i||en_US