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dc.contributor.advisorWaring, Marilyn
dc.contributor.advisorPringle, Judith
dc.contributor.authorBaniya Badu, Nilam
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-18T23:55:47Z
dc.date.available2017-06-18T23:55:47Z
dc.date.copyright2017
dc.date.created2017
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10292/10564
dc.description.abstractNepal is a developing Asian country, and its economy is dependent on agriculture, tourism and foreign remittances. Nepalese women lag behind their male counterparts in all sectors, even though both genders are considered equal by the law. Deep-rooted patriarchal perceptions, stereotypical practices, unimplemented laws, illiteracy, and cultural and religious traditions adversely impact the everyday lives of Nepalese women. Women’s entrepreneurship is recognised as a crucial tool for economic growth, poverty reduction, and job creation of a country. However, women’s entrepreneurship has been seldom researched in Nepal and, further investigation and research on this topic is required to obtain relevant information and data. This thesis is an exploratory study that fills a gap in literature by adding scarce knowledge about lived experiences of women entrepreneurs of rural Nepal. It highlights differences on how entrepreneurship is practiced differently in developing countries when compared to developed ones. It also examines a unique perspective about rural entrepreneurial women residing in a male-dominated society. The purpose of this qualitative research is also to raise awareness about the complexity of their lives and also to encourage, support and promote their entrepreneurial activities. This research can help policymakers and organisations involved with women empowerment to support women and women entrepreneurs of Nepal. In addition, this study can also aid future studies. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eleven women entrepreneurs in a rural village of Nepal. They all started their enterprises to fulfil the basic needs of their families. Those women faced difficulties in their everyday lives because of their gender and the underlying poverty in the village. Cultural traditions, religious beliefs, patriarchal perceptions, lack of education, and migration of men and youths to the cities, adversely affected their everyday lives and their entrepreneurial journeys. Unreliable roads, frequent power outage, poor drinking water facilities, poor mobile networks, and a lack of mechanical tools and equipment decreased their efficiencies and increased their daily workloads. However, this study proved that these women, similar to western entrepreneurs, identified good opportunities, initiated their venture, and formulated a plan. This study indicated that education, training opportunities, financial access, and improved infrastructure are important to promote and empower women entrepreneurs of rural Nepal.en_NZ
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherAuckland University of Technology
dc.subjectNepalen_NZ
dc.subjectWomenen_NZ
dc.subjectNepalese womenen_NZ
dc.subjectDeveloping countriesen_NZ
dc.subjectEntrepreneurshipen_NZ
dc.subjectWomen entrepreneurshipen_NZ
dc.subjectEntrepreneursen_NZ
dc.subjectRural Nepalen_NZ
dc.subjectRamjakoten_NZ
dc.subjectVillages of Nepalen_NZ
dc.subjectPatriarchyen_NZ
dc.subjectPatriarchal perceptionsen_NZ
dc.subjectWomen empowermenten_NZ
dc.subjectTraining for entrepreneursen_NZ
dc.subjectWomen literaryen_NZ
dc.subjectMenstruationen_NZ
dc.subjectViolence against womenen_NZ
dc.subjectalcohol misuseen_NZ
dc.subjectPoor infrastructureen_NZ
dc.subjectChallenges for entrereneursen_NZ
dc.subjectEntrepreneurship in Nepalen_NZ
dc.subjectWomen entrepreneurship in Nepalen_NZ
dc.subjectcaste system of Nepalen_NZ
dc.subjectstatus of women in Nepalen_NZ
dc.subjectPhenomenologyen_NZ
dc.subjectLived experiencesen_NZ
dc.subjectEntrepreneurial venturesen_NZ
dc.subjectPoverty in Nepalen_NZ
dc.subjectForeign remittancesen_NZ
dc.subjectMigration in Nepalen_NZ
dc.subjectPolygamyen_NZ
dc.subjectLandlocked countryen_NZ
dc.subjectReligion in Nepalen_NZ
dc.subjectChild marriageen_NZ
dc.subjectWomen's unpaid worken_NZ
dc.subjectDowry in Nepalen_NZ
dc.subjectUrban Nepalen_NZ
dc.subjectEntrepreneurship in developing countriesen_NZ
dc.subjectOpportunities for entrepreneursen_NZ
dc.subjectexploratory researchen_NZ
dc.subjectmale dominated societyen_NZ
dc.subjectGender discriminationen_NZ
dc.subjectReligious restrictionsen_NZ
dc.subjectJoint families in Nepalen_NZ
dc.titleExploring the Lived Experience of Opportunities and Challenges Faced by Entrepreneurial Women of Rural Nepalen_NZ
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.grantorAuckland University of Technology
thesis.degree.levelMasters Theses
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Businessen_NZ
dc.rights.accessrightsOpenAccess
dc.date.updated2017-06-18T05:15:36Z


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