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Women Entrepreneurs in Pakistan: How to Improve Their Bargaining Power Image

Promoting Inclusive Markets and Financial Systems

Women Entrepreneurs in Pakistan: How to Improve Their Bargaining Power

Women Entrepreneurs in Pakistan: How to Improve Their Bargaining Power

Summary

This report is based on a survey of 150 women entrepreneurs in Islamabad, Lahore and Rawalpindi, three major cities in Pakistan. The purpose of this survey was to investigate the status of small business-women in the country. The respondents all owned their own small businesses, operated those businesses on premises away from their homes, and employed at least five other people. The report discusses common constraints as reported by these women (gender bias/hostility, family obligations, financial constraints, problems in marketing) and makes recommendations for steps to support their efforts, including establishment and strengthening of support networks, business development services, and gender audits.

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