Women as Entrepreneurs: The impact of having an independent income on women’s empowerment

Existing literature has shown impressive results regarding women’s entrepreneurship and the effects it has on women’s empowerment. Over the last decade, women’s entrepreneurship has been increasingly recognised as an important avenue for building women’s empowerment, reducing poverty and sustainable development. As such, CLP investigated the impact women’s entrepreneurship has on empowerment and the effects this has on the wider community. The objective of the research was to understand specifically the relationship women ‘having an independent income’ (one of CLP’s empowerment indicators) had with CLP’s other nine empowerment indicators. CLP’s empowerment indicators are specific to the chars context and include areas such as influencing investment decisions and being invited to social occasions. The indicators were developed using a participatory research process with char-dwellers to understand how they would identify an empowered woman.