The Resilience of Female Entrepreneurs in Nigeria
Entrepreneurial literature reveal the significant role of female entrepreneurs in contributing to national economic growth and social well-being. In developing countries, female entrepreneurs contribute to overall household welfare and consumption, provide women economic security, is a platform for self-expression and fulfilment, empowerment, and the realization of social goals beneficial to the regional community and economic development. Yet, despite their contribution, women experience several challenges as entrepreneurs and especially as mothers in business.
Resilience is crucial to enabling women and minorities pursue entrepreneurship successfully despite challenges and women only networks serve as a gender capital enhancing initiative. Adopting a social capital lens, this study qualitatively explores female entrepreneurs and how they build resilience. Exploring the links between resilience, women and entrepreneurship in the context of a developing country responds to calls for a better contextualized investigation that explores different aspects of resilience and entrepreneurship. Since global and domestic economic prosperity will be successful and sustained when citizens no matter their gender are proactive and empowered through entrepreneurial activities, the findings of this research would provide a background for policy development, future research and further literature on female entrepreneurship in Africa which is currently under researched. It also contributes to sustainable development goal|(SDGs)1, 5 and 10 which are no poverty, gender equality and sustainable cities and communities because if female entrepreneurs build resilience in communities, it can contribute to moving social-ecological systems to sustainable pathways of development.