Cluster Entrepreneurship: The Experience of a Street Hawker in Nigeria


Female street hawkers in Nigeria find business opportunities within entrepreneurial clusters, such as automobile service/repair garages where independent automobile artisans set up their businesses. As the street hawkers strive to make a living selling seasonal food and other products, they must constantly negotiate their finances to fund their operations while simultaneously navigating work and personal relationships within the cluster workspace, including the transgressions (e.g., sexual harassment) they encounter in a predominantly male-dominated environment. The case follows Idia as she evaluates whether to work as a street hawker for a few more years to save for her education and a better career, or to change paths by taking the traditional route of marriage or an apprenticeship with an artisan in the cluster.

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