10.5191/jiaee.1997.04301
 
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to determine accomplishments of women’s income-generating projects (WIGPs) in Selangor State, Malaysia. A sample of 54 women operating micro- enterprises were personally interviewed. Over one-half of the projects processed food from locally available raw materials. Tailoring, sundry businesses, handicrafts, and agriculture projects comprised the remainder. Significant project accomplishments were increase in household income, provision of employment to women and their families, and increased participation of women in project decisions and implementation activities. Project income was found to increase with increases in the amount of time women devoted to projects and level of assistance rendered by extension services of development agencies. The potential for women to contribute to the rural economy is significant. Women should engage in sustained, long-term economic development and seek out technical assistance and services.
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