Impact of Women in Entrepreneurial Ruralism in Nigeria

Ajike, Ada Kalu and Adekitan, Raheed Akanfe and Okoro, Chineme Blessing (2016) Impact of Women in Entrepreneurial Ruralism in Nigeria. International Academic Research Consortium Journals (IARCJ), 11 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN 23 4-5768

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The study examines the impact of women involvement in the act of entrepreneurship in the rural context on economic development in Enugu East Senatorial zone in Enugu State, South East Nigeria. Descriptive research design was adopted and the major instrument for data collection was questionnaire, which was structured using five-point Likert Scale. Friedman’s test, standard deviation and t-test were employed to analyze the data obtained from the respondents. The findings reveal that rural women entrepreneurs in Enugu East Senatorial zone are basically involved in subsistence entrepreneurship in form of micro businesses like petty trading, hair salons, etc. These women face diverse operational challenges which range from lack of operational capital, multiple taxation's and levies, to lack of modern infrastructures; and the government policies in place in the area have not helped them overcome these challenges. Based on these findings, the study recommends among other things that government through its ministry and agencies should organize capacity building programmes on business management and diversification for the rural omen which will be delivered in the local dialect and ensure full participation and at the end of which arrangement should be made for the provision of operational capital for the rural women which will give a boost to their businesses; institutionalized policy framework be put in place and be strictly monitored, which will be administered in favor of rural women entrepreneurs based on merit only . Also, the Federal Government through its various agencies should provide special micro credit facilities which are intended to be assessable and affordable to women entrepreneur s in the rural areas to boost their operations. The paper concludes that because women constitute a significant part of the nation’s population, it is a resource that should not be pushed aside with a wave of hand, rather, it should be well harnessed for the nation to achieve its vision of being one of the first twenty economies by the year 2020.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: mrs chioma hannah
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2019 10:56
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2019 10:56

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