Women Empowerment Through Emergence of Small Businesses

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Abstract “Executive Summary” 

In Bangladesh half of the total population is woman but most of them are not involved in income generating activities up to the level. As a result, they are fall behind in respect of social and economic status having lack of ownership in productive assets. Different projects have been undertaken to eliminate their vulnerability. Nowadays many beneficiaries are providing credit, training for the socio economic development of the landless laborers and small farmers. It is usually believed that these sorts of support services will be able to generate employment, income that will eventually develop their competence to gain control over productive possessions and will influence their decision making capacity.

The aim of this study is to analyze the significant factors contributing to women’s empowerment and suggest a vital strategy to be empowered through some other income generating activities and some small businesses. In fact, in order to increase the level of women’s empowerment, the most significant one is to have employment opportunities for females. And the significant impact on women’s empowerment depends on ensuring the proper utilization of small loan by women and encouraging younger poor women’s participation launching new and small ventures which would have significant impact on demographic goals.

A number of advocacy groups will be formed with the Government-NGO Relations | Non-Governmental | Policy Advocacy Groups | Public Health | Activists | Gender InEquality | Women’s Empowerment | Education | Children’s | Diversity | Organizations | Press and Media.

Empowerment of women is must for ensuring equity and justice in a society and simultaneously eradicating poverty in rural area. For this reason many governments and non- government organizations give effort and participate in the way of women empowerment. Participation of local women in small enterprises might be one of the vital sources for bringing the empowerment

The Committee on Economic Development (CED) offers a definition that states that a business will be classified as a Small Business (SB) if it meets 2 or more of the following criteria:

  • Management is independent.(usually the managers are also owner.)
  • Capital is supplied and ownership is held by an individual or a small group.
  • The area of operation is mainly local. Workers and owners are in one home community. Marketers need not be local.
  • Relative size within the industry- the business is small when compared to the biggest units in its field.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) of USA defines that a small business firm is “one who is independently owned and operated and not dominated in its field of operation.”


The report will be conducted on the basis of primary and secondary data. A pre-tested questionnaire will be administrated at grass root level within the Khulna city and the remote area (Fultala, Batiaghata, Rupsha) of Khulna. Some relevant materials have already been collected to carry out the study.

  • Use of data: Both primary and secondary data will be used in this report.
  • Source of data: The data will be collected from both the population (women entrepreneurs or small business owners) of Khulna city and the remote part of Khulna city.
  • Sample design and Data analysis: At first a draft of questionnaire will be prepared and then taking 100 people as sample from the 200 population. Next there will be a pilot survey on that sample. When this job will be finished, then 30% people as sample from the 100 people. There will be conducted the structured questionnaire according to the research objectives to collect data and information through interview on the basis of selected indicators of empowerment such as increase in total income (net benefit), status of their importance and recognition in the society and shifting decision making power of female participants.