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WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN RWANDA, A CASE OF GICUMBI DISTRICT
Volume: 7 Issue: 1 2017
This paper investigates how women entrepreneurs can contribute to economic development of the country especially in Rwanda. The questionnaires were distributed to thirty two for data collection. The results revealed that forty one percent stated that they pay more taxes which are used by the government in various activities that the government of Rwanda is engaged in, such as infrastructure , educational systems, paying salaries of their employees, public investments, and financing various projects; while twenty percent stated that they participate in decision making at local level which mean that they help orphans, they give vocation trainings at local level for other women to become entrepreneurs, vacancy jobs to students, they participate in taking decisions regarding the development of their Districts, Sector, Cells, some stated that they help homeless and others said that they pay for poor people health mutual funds. However women face many challenges where eighty four percent of women entrepreneurs stated the lack of materials as their big challenges. Women entrepreneurs indicate they need trainings in communication skills, management skills and technical skills and specific trainings regarding their particular business; fifty percent of women entrepreneurs stated the high taxes as a challenge for them. This challenge was indicated by women entrepreneur in manufacturing sector who has small factory since they use raw material from abroad and they pay it at high cost. The possible solution proposed by women is that sixty six percent of the respondents revealed that all of women need to have access to collateral securities so that they may get easily loans from microfinance or commercial banks to extend their business and employ more people.
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