Keywords: women', s enterprise, cooperatives, women entrepreneurs, female entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, Nepal, MAIR model, social issues, microcredit, economic empowerment, leadership, sustainable society, developing countries, cooperation, collaboration, skills training, alternative financing, networking systems, social acceptance
Women's enterprise in Nepal: profile, problems and prospects
The concept of promoting women's economic empowerment is gaining greater attention in developing countries around the world. Provided access to economic resources, education and management training, women can ultimately contribute to their country's economic growth and sustainable development. Involvement in the economy also enables women to play a larger, direct social role and contributes to a more balanced and equitable society. In Nepal, women's cooperatives have the potential to provide a supporting environment for the growth of women's enterprise and leadership, however, many fail. Using the MAIR model, this research examines the structures of women's enterprises and the problems women entrepreneurs face, based on a survey and interviews with 25 women working in or leading women's enterprises. Findings reveal the need for building cooperative and collaborative capacities, access to specific leadership and skill–training programmes, alternative financing, networking systems, and most important of all, social acceptance.