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Title:Women, marketplaces and exchange partners amongst the Marakwet of northwest Kenya
Authors:Pollard, Grace
Davies, Matthew I.J.ISNI
Moore, Henrietta L.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Eastern African Studies (ISSN 1753-1063)
Geographic term:Kenya
informal sector
rural areas
social networks
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/17531055.2015.1089699
Abstract:Based on recent fieldwork, this paper examines the intersecting economic activities of Marakwet women in northwest Kenya with a particular focus on exchange friendships. The authors highlight the need to expand previous definitions of 'tilia', based on male exchange of livestock, to include a variety of exchange friendships including those between women. Through investigating women's economic activities in local marketplaces, they demonstrate that marketplaces facilitate the formation of 'tilia' partnerships between women from different areas, and shape women's kinship and friendship interactions within the context of their market activities. The authors argue that there is a synergy between women's market activities and exchange relationships, but they also emphasise that market activities and 'tilia' exchange relationships are part of the matrix of household economic decision-making navigated by Marakwet women. This has important implications for how one views and supports the social and economic contributions of women's activities. Women's 'tilia' relations provide a number of benefits to their trading activities, households and communities, and as such the authors suggest that rural development interventions would do well to consider and build upon these networks of exchange relations. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]