Assessment of factors affecting performance of women entrepreneurs. The case of food vendors

Lambert, Rutahindurwa (2013) Assessment of factors affecting performance of women entrepreneurs. The case of food vendors. Masters thesis, The Open University Of Tanzania.

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Abstract

Food vending activities appear to be insignificant and not measurable as they are outside the regulatory framework, but they absorb multitudes of the unemployed. Despite of many challenges, females are struggling to generate income through food vending to ensure the survival of their families. This study aimed at investigating the factors affecting performance of women entrepreneurs in Tanzania particularly food vendors and to make practical recommendations to accelerate the growth and success of women entrepreneurs in the food industry. Methodology adopted to obtain samples involved incidental sampling and sample representative. Questionnaires were applied to 60 women food vendors and 12 ward executive officers. Data were analyzed using SPSS 16. Findings indicate that there are push and pull factors leading women to food vending business and that there a number of obstacles to the performance of women entrepreneurs. These include low skill, knowledge; and limitations to support services. The findings also revealed that there is no policy or strategy from the government aiming at improving food vendors. The study recommends that there is a need for financial support from MFIs, education and technical support from NGO’s. as well as formalization of food vending business.  

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: 600 Technology > 658 Gerneral management
Divisions: Faculty of Business Management > Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship
Depositing User: Mr Habibu V. Kazimzuri
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2015 15:11
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2015 15:11
URI: http://repository.out.ac.tz/id/eprint/514

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