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Profile Of Women Entrepreneurs In A War-Torn Area: Case Study Of North East Sri Lanka

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    (CB Consultancy, F-06, 1st Floor, Riana Green Plaza, Jalan Tropicana Utara, Tropicana Golf & Country Resort, 47410 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia)


    (College of Industrial Management, Department of Management and Marketing, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia)

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    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.

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    Article provided by World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd. in its journal Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship.

    Volume (Year): 11 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 01 ()
    Pages: 3-17

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    Handle: RePEc:wsi:jdexxx:v:11:y:2006:i:01:p:3-17
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