Rural women’s level of utilization of entrepreneurial skills for performance in business enterprises in IMO state, Nigeria
Victor Ihechukwu Ugwoegbu, Johnson Nnadi Ewelum
This study focused on the rural women's level of utilization of entrepreneurial skills for performance in business enterprises in Imo state. Three research questions were formulated to guide the study. Descriptive survey research design was used for the study. The population of the study comprised 5440 registered rural women entrepreneurs in the government owned rural markets in Imo state. The sample of the study consisted of 544 rural women entrepreneurs selected through stratified random sampling technique. Questionnaire was the instrument used for data collection. The reliability of the instrument was ascertained using cronbach alpha with overall reliability coefficient of 0.79, which was highly efficient for the study. Data collected were analyzed using mean and standard deviation. The findings of the study revealed among others that personal skills are utilized while marketing and managerial skills are not adequately utilized by rural women entrepreneurs for performance in business enterprises in Imo state. Based on these findings, the study recommends among others, that there is need for government to organize workshops and seminars on entrepreneurship education for women to update their skills and knowledge.