A Woman's Place Is In Her Own Business

A big crop of entrepreneurs springs up in eastern Germany

When the Berlin Wall fell, Cornelia Pfaff exploited her new-found freedom by opening a boutique in the east German city of Erfurt. Women jammed in to snatch up the latest in west German fashions. Six years later, the 38-year-old Pfaff runs a chain of five stores with 21 employees, and plans to expand to nearby cities. "It was supposed to just be for fun," she says. "But I did it with so much love, it has become a success."

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