Abstract

Women’s entrepreneurship is characterized by a number of constraints including family responsibility as well as lack of relevant resources. Literature illustrates that as compared to men, female entrepreneurs often enter self-employment under resourced in terms of financial, human and social capital (Schmidt & Parker, 2003). Neergaard et al. (2005) mention that women’s social structure and the way they socialize have a major influence on the social capital endowments which they use in starting up their businesses, with women being less welcome than men in social networks. A number of authors (Brush et al., 2005; Minniti et al., 2005; Brush et al., 2004: 172) has mentioned the “lack of appropriate’’ social capital as one of the main hindrances to the faster growth of women-owned businesses. Whereas, Greene et al. (2003) and Minniti et al. (2005) have mentioned lack of human capital as one of the main reasons for the sluggish performance and slow growth of women-owned enterprises.

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