DETERMINANTS OF WOMEN PARTICIPATION IN INCOME GENERATING ACTIVITIES INDOGUWA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, KANO STATE, NIGERIA

A D ABUBAKAR, S A MAKAMA, L L YAKUBU

Abstract


The study assesses the determinants of women participation in income generating activities in Doguwa Local Government Area, Kano State. The study determined the socio-economic factors influencing women participation in income generation activities, described the income generating activities women engaged in, and identified the constraints faced by the women in participating in income generation activities. Data were collected using structured questionnaire from 100 randomly selected women and analysed using descriptive statistics and multiple regression. The results showed that majority of the women (85%) were married and had formal education (88%). The highest family size ranges from 10 households and above. Only 42 per cent engaged in one form of business or the other. Fifty percent of the respondents had access to credit while 22 per cent belong to cooperative societies. The result from multiple regression models revealed marital status, level of education, family size, household headship and membership of cooperative to have positive coefficients and were significant at. Age was found to have negative coefficient which implies that age is not a determinant of participation in income generating activities. The commonest income generating activities engaged by the women were; petty trading (33%), confectionery making (13%) and tailoring (13%). The commonest constraints faced by the women were inadequate capital, gender imbalance and religious factors. Based on the above findings, it can be concluded that women engaged in various forms of income generating activities and that marital status, level of education, family size, household headship and membership of cooperative societies were found not to be significant determinants of women participation in income generating activities. Access to credit was however, found to be significant in determining women participation in income generating activities. It is therefore recommended that women should be encouraged to form cooperative societies so as to enable them solve their problem of capital and gender imbalance.


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