Part 1 Introduction: framework for analysis; sponsoring agencies - UNIFEM, ITDG and ATI - United Nations Development Fund for Women, Intermediate Technology Development Group, Appropriate Technology International; strategy choice in eight SME projects; ranking the countries; research methodology - the questionnaires, supporting research; guide to the discussion; setting the bias out front. Part 2 Food processing in Peru: setting the context; women in the Peruvian economy; the Peru food processing project; facing the field; the women's report. Part 3 Honduras - cashew nut and fruit production: the state and the nation; women in Honduras; the Honduran Cashew Project 1981-8; events and challenges; the women's record. Part 4 Guatemala - wool production and processing project: economy and politics; Guatemalan women; the Wool Production and Processing Project - sheep and wool production, wool processing and weaving; commercial enterprise; overcoming the obstacles; men and women react; the bottom line. Part 5 Bangladesh - Surjosnato coconut products: poverty and hope; growing forces of conservatism - women in Bangladesh; the Surjosnato coconut project; dealing with the impossible; women speak out; balancing the results. Part 6 India - the Sericulture Project: India and development; Indian women; the Women's Sericulture Project; establishing the reality; impacts on women; assessing the record. Part 7 Thailand - venture capital and the Pickled Ginger Group: the development miracle; quiet power - Thai women; the Joint Venture Capital Project in Northern Thailand; venture capital in action; impacts and changes in individual lives; expectations and reality. Part 8 Ghana - Shea butter processing: strutural adjustment and development; women in the marketplace; the Shea Butter Processing Project in Ghana; the project in the field; many faces, many experiences; the reality of the Shea Butter Project. Part 9 Tanzania - food processing: climbing up the development ladder; poverty and prospects - Tanzanian women; the Tanzania Food Processing Programme; the dream and reality; women's voices; realizing the dream. Part 10 A comparison of the impacts of different strategies: basis of comparison; comparative data analysis; findings; significance of quantitative analysis findings.