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Women Entrepreneurship in the North East India: Motivation, Social Support and Constraints

Poonam Sinha
Indian Journal of Industrial Relations
Vol. 38, No. 4 (Apr., 2003), pp. 425-443
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27767864
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Abstract

The present investigation is aimed at examining the impact of motivation and social support on enterprise creation and hence women entrepreneurship. Based on a sample of 400 men and women entrepreneurs, the findings reveal that the main motivating factor to start an enterprise was to earn money by both men and women entrepreneurs. The units set up by them were mostly micro enterprises. Traditional activities such as handicrafts and handloom still predominated the type of activities undertaken by the women entrepreneurs. The units of both men and women entrepreneurs were suffering from inadequate income generation. Majority of women entrepreneurs managed finance through their own sources. The study concludes that women of the region have enough potential to take up entrepreneurship as a career. Determined efforts from women entrepreneurs supported by congenial climate can bring about substantial results.

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