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Women Entrepreneurship as Tool for sustainable Livelihood of Rural Poor

Author(s) : Dr. Suman Pathak, Dr. Kiran Reddy

Volume & Issue : VOLUME 5 / 2017 , ISSUE 2

Page(s) : 27


The proposition and context of this paper is concentric with the importance of women entrepreneurship in rural areas and its contribution in sustainable livelihood for rural poor. While acknowledging the fact that sustainable livelihood requires sequential and elaborate efforts, concentrated towards radical changes and effects, the paper considers how the human resource can be channelized to generate livelihood for rural poor. Sustainable livelihood is a thought process through which some objectives and priorities can be identified for elimination of rural poverty in order to enhance rural economy and its impact on the family, children’s education and health and thus can add value in the area of sustainable development. The purpose and objective of the paper is to empower rural women of India through entrepreneurship and awareness by mobilizing the human skill resources and agribusiness opportunity, channeling human skills and available natural resource, art, culture and heritage into enterprising activities for converting into earning for sustainable livelihood and poverty elimination of rural poor in India. The data is collected by interviewing various women entrepreneurs who are working for the development of rural women. It is a qualitative research based on experiences and contribution of people, organizations involved in the growth of rural women. The paper proposes few steps with modular logic to enhance the levels of entrepreneurship amongst rural women sustainable livelihood. Analysis of the effects and limitations of the proposed steps/model is done and relevant real life examples in support are also quoted.


Sustainable livelihood, Social Livelihood, Societal Development


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