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Profiles of women in recycling business in the least developed states in Malaysia – An alternative enterprise?


Mohd Rafi Yaacob (2015) Profiles of women in recycling business in the least developed states in Malaysia – An alternative enterprise? Asian Journal for Poverty Studies, 1 (2). 139- 144. ISSN 2477-0531


Kelantan and Terengganu have the highest number of hardcore poors in Malaysia. Over the years entrepreneurship is
one of the means that has been propagated by the government to address this inherent problem. While women hitherto
involve in usual business activities, recently more and more women in the said states dare to jump into a new domain
of businesses which usually monopolized by men - recycling. This phenomenon warrants empirical research to unearth
pertinent questions of the inroad of female entrepreneurs in a new territory of business which overwhelmingly dominated
by male entrepreneurs. Yet at present not many researchers and relevant government agencies look into recycling as
an alternative business but for men entrepreneurs, not women. This paper is a part of a larger study that investigated
entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship in recycling business in the both states. Results of the study found that women
entrepreneurs in this business are matured, married, and received full support from their families – husband and
children. In terms of education majority of them only study until secondary school. Highlighting women entrepreneurs’
profiles is deemed important because interested parties including future entrepreneurs, researchers as well as relevant
government agencies gain some understanding of characteristics of women entrepreneurs have made a dent in the socalled
male dominant business.

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Item Type: Non-Indexed Article
Collection Type: Institution
Date: 2015
Journal or Publication Title: Asian Journal for Poverty Studies
ISSN: 2477-0531
Uncontrolled Keywords: women: recycling business: entrepreneurship
Faculty/Centre/Office: Faculty of Entrepreneurship and Business
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