Awareness of business development service providers on challenges facing women entrepreneurs in Tanzania

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Unversity of Dar es Salaam
In order to utilize fully the potential of emerging women entrepreneurs in creating a vibrant and strong economy of Tanzania for realization of the new National Development Vision which will guide economic and social development efforts up to the year 2025, the private Business Development Service Providers should play its important role in supporting women entrepreneurs so as they can overcome those challenges which are hindering them from reaching their social and economic destiny. An in-depth literature survey was conducted to identify a number of challenges facing women entrepreneurs’ worldwide and Tanzania in particular. The following are identified challenges facing women entrepreneurs, accessing credit particularly for starting an enterprise, is one of the major constrains faced by women entrepreneurs. Women often have fewer opportunities than men to gain access to credit for various reasons, including lack of collateral, an unwillingness to accept household asserts as collateral and negative perceptions of female entrepreneurs by loan officers. Limited ability to tap new markets, they lack access of training and experience on how to participate in the market place especially in international market. This study was designed to assess the awareness of Business Development Service Providers on challenges facing women entrepreneurs in Tanzania also the techniques which BDSP are used in supporting women entrepreneurs to overcome those challenges. Sample of 6 private Business Development Service Provider’s firms were selected. The data has been collected; it was analyzed using simple statistical techniques (Tables and percentage) and descriptive statistics. The study revealed that 100% of BDSPs have limited knowledge on special challenges that are facing women entrepreneurs in Tanzania. 83.3% of BDSPs do not have special programs to address challenges facing women in SMEs.It is recommended that the government of the United Republic of Tanzania (URT) and other stakeholders initiate special programs which can enable private BDSPs to understand clearly those challenges facing women entrepreneurs and the best way the BDSP can address those challenges. Those programs can enable the private BDSPs to initiate various activities which can be used in addressing the challenges facing women entrepreneurs in Tanzania, to the women entrepreneurs themselves and community at large.
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Women in business, Tanzania
Mtandika, L. (2014) Awareness of business development service providers on challenges facing women entrepreneurs in Tanzania, Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam