PROFILE OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN A WAR-TORN AREA: CASE STUDY OF NORTH EAST SRI LANKA
M. SADIQ SOHAIL
This study examines the demographic profile of "Tamil" women entrepreneurs in the North East of Sri Lanka who became entrepreneurs as a result of war. Five main areas of interest were examined, namely, (i) characteristics of these women; (ii) factors that spurred them into entrepreneurship; (iii) their challenges; (iv) their measures of success; and (v) their demographic profile. Findings indicate that a large percentage of these women were highly entrepreneurial who were motivated into business to achieve a higher standard of living, be self-reliant and support their families. Most of these women were married with children and, and because many had lost their husbands to the war, saw business as a means to an end. A large majority of these women were in business for the first time and rated their businesses as successful ventures. Their measures of success were self-fulfillment and a balance between family and work. The findings of this research are important because the women entrepreneurs of the North East are seen as a powerful driving force for the economic development of the country.
Women entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, war-torn zone, measures of success
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