The Handbook of Families and Poverty covers hotly debated issues associated with public policy and funded research as they relate to families and poverty. Contributors, bringing multiple perspectives to bear, aim to show alternatives to welfare in subgroups facing specific challenges that are currently not adequately addressed by the welfare system.  Readers will appreciate the insightful summaries of research involving poverty and its relationship to couple, marital, and family dynamics.

Chapter 25: Microenterprise: Building Well-Being among Poor U.S. Families

Microenterprise: Building Well-Being among Poor U.S. Families

Microenterprise: Building well-being among poor U.S. families

Maria Luisa is a 43-year-old Hispanic immigrant who struggled for several years after arriving in the United States from Central America. Together with her husband and three children, she moved to Provo, Utah, hoping to find the American dream—secure careers, school for the children, a decent home, food security, and a better quality of life than before. But life was hard. Neither Maria Luisa nor her spouse was able to obtain middle-class wage jobs. Poverty led to numerous stresses and strains. Eventually, her husband abandoned his family and moved on, leaving no forwarding address.

The uncertainties of a bleak future, unanswered questions, and practical matters like how to pay the rent all heightened ...

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