Unorganized Sector Women Entrepreneurs in Kerala -Issues and Challenges

Document Type : Primary Research paper


1 Assistant Professor & Head of the Dept. of Commerce and Management, Bhavan’s N.A.Palkhivala Academy for Advanced Legal Studies and Research, Ramanattukara P.O, Kozhikode, Kerala, 673 633.

2 Formerly Professor & Head, Department of Commerce & Management Studies University of Calicut (Kerala) PIN - 673 635


In the state of Kerala, the entry of women in the entrepreneurial field is a recent phenomenon. The women entrepreneurs play a significant role in the development of the State. They have been attracting the attention of policy makers and government departments by their excellent performance. The present paper attempts to identify the issues and challenges faced by the women entrepreneurs in the unorganized sector in Kerala.The data required for the preparation of the paper have been collected from both primary and secondary sources. Mathematical and statistical tools like exploratory factor analysis, one sample K-S test, skewness and kurtosis and one sample t test and one - way ANOVAhave been employed for the analysis of the data. It has been found that the women entrepreneurs in the unorganised sector in Kerala experience the different problems in the areas of finance, personal, social, raw material, marketing, labour, managerial, infra-structural, technological and government regulations.