By Dr. Gloria Chavez
De La Salle University
Using a descriptive, correlational and case research design, a survey was conducted among 97 women microentrepreneurs, partners of the Caucus on Poverly Recution- Business Skills Development Resource Center (CPR-BSDRC) at Paliparan, DasmariÃ±as, Cavite.
The objective of the study was to find out if there was a predominant entrepreneurial characteristic among the women microentrepreneurs.
The statistical used for analysis of the data included: means and percentages to describe the profile of the women microentrepreneurs and One way ANOVA to describe the relationsips among the variables. The findings revealed that the predominant entrepreneurial characteristic among the women microentrepreneurs is that of achievement orientation.
Based on the finding, the following recommendations were forwarded:
1) Government agencies involved in poverty alleviation efforts can use the findings of this study as a take-off point in setting-up microfinance projects which will enhance the earning capabilities of women in poor communities
2) The findings of this study can be used by academic institutions involved in entrepreneurial development as an empirically based discussion of entrepreneurial characteristics
3) Non-government Organization (NGO's) and People's organizations (PO's) involved in microfinance or microcredit can replicate this study to find out what entrepreneurial characteristics are predominant in their communities
4) Further studies can be conducted by those interested in contributing to the field of entrepreneurship and gender studies
5) CPR-BSDRC can develop a training program to further enhance the achievement orientation of their partners in microfinance projects. Further, other training modules could be prepared to develop the risk-taking and innovative capabilities of their partners, entrepreneurial characteristics which are urgently needed by enterprises as they face the threat of globalization
6) Government agencies and Peopleâ��s organizations involved in poverty alleviation projects could conduct similar researches involving their projects to provide for the baseline data needed to fight poverty.
Poverty is a major problem faced both by developing and developed countries even in the millennium. All efforts at alleviating poverty must be enhanced and must have a focus so as not to dissipate the scant resources available in addressing such a critical issue. As stated in a World Bank Report, â��there has been a slow progress in the poverty reduction efforts in the country due to among other factors, the lack of participation of poverty stricken groups in the design and implementation of anti-poverty responses.â�� Studies in microenterprises, microfinance and profiling the poor are most welcome for only in so doing can solutions be found together with the ones directly involved in the problem, the people in the community themselves.