Low-Income Women Entrepreneurs and Household Sustainability in Badagry; A Border Community in Lagos, Nigeria

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Bolawale Abayomi Odunaike
Olarenwaju Emmanuel Ajiboye


Traditionally, the contribution of women to household sustainability was limited to the reproduction, raising of children and carrying out domestic chores, while men solely take up the financial burdens. Due to changes in the family institution, gender-based roles were becoming blurred as couples tend to share both domestic and economic responsibilities. Although, many studies have been done on women entrepreneurs, there is dearth of empirical research among the low-income ones in border communities. This study, therefore, was designed to examine how low-income women entrepreneurs sustain their households and trades in Badagry area of Lagos State, Nigeria. Gender Role Ideology provided theoretical orientation, while the descriptive design was adopted using both qualitative and quantitative methods of research. Agbalata market was purposely chosen owing to its size and commercial activities involving both local and cross border women traders. Two hundred and fifty women were selected for the survey, while twenty were selected for in-depth interviews. Quantitative data were analysed using SPSS, while interviews were content analysed. However, most women engaged in trade to support their household economically which affected the expansion of their business negatively. Majority of the older women engaged in trades to cater for their grandchildren. Family size was a determinant of the sustainability of the business. The study recommends that governmental intervention in terms of loan provision is essential to the survival of low-income women traders in border communities.

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