The study aimed to analyze the demographic and socio-economic challenges of women petty traders in the informal sector.
The main sources of the data used in this study were survey questionnaire and focus group discussions. The sample size of this study was 660 women petty traders. In this study uni-variate, bi-variate and multi-variate statistical models were employed.
More than 75% of the interviewers had four and more family members. The survey result showed that 86.2 % of them were ever married. 60.8% of them had never been attending school. Almost 66% of the interviewers were faced some problems related with their business activity. The survey results show that 37.7% of the respondents had fixed premises. Nearly 30% of the respondents were clients of credit services. The majority of them were clients of informal credit service institutions. 80% of the interviewers on average earn less than 170 Birr per month. Moreover, more than 70% of the respondents were unable to save money through the income generated from their business activity. Only 14.2% of the respondents have got supports both from governmental and non-governmental organizations. Overall, the main problems the women petty traders faced were lack of working capital, lack of appropriate premises, non-profitability of the business, lack of appropriate credit service, lack of support from government and non-governmental organizations and inadequate skill. Logistic regression model depicted that age between 15-29 years, having large family members, migrants, illiterates, without fixed premise, non-clients of credit services and unable to save money have been the main obstacles for women petty traders.
Therefore, providing appropriate premises, credit service with concessional interest rate and easy repayment installments, and support that enhances their earning capacity were recommended
Corporate Author: Getnet Alemu and Edilegnaw Wale (Editor) & Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
Publisher: Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
Primary Descriptors: Demographic
Secondary Descriptor: socio-economic
Geographic Descriptors: Ethiopia, Addis Ababa
Cataloge Date: 02/27/2013
Broad Subject heading: Trade
Call Number: 330.963 PRO 2009
Serial Key Title: Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
Publication catagory: International Conference
Content type: EEA Publication
Publication date: 2013-12-27 23:09:00
Forum or Discussion date: 2013-02-27 15:02:11
Place of publication: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Type of material: Book
Current frequency: Annualy
Author: Solomon Aklilu