Abstract—Women from the lower strata of the society though educated, are unable to find employment in urban India. It is entrepreneurship that paves the path of development for these women in particular and the society in general. This paper considers women from such strata of society turning into entrepreneurs in city of Pune, Maharashtra India. This paper attempts to portray a picture of transformation of the personality, the economic and social status of women from the such strata of the society. The paper makes an attempt to profile the change with the development of an index. The findings of the study do indicate of a marked change in the personality, the economic and the social status of these women. The results are found to be statistically significant. However, the fact remains that skills, earnings, honour, work efficiency and even the elevated economic status of women entrepreneurs need not necessarily change the approach of society towards women. The male dominance in society is reluctant to change their attitude towards women.
Index Terms—Women entrepreneurs, empowerment, training, social impact.
J. Upadhye is with the Abeda Inamdar Senior College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Pune, Maharashtra, I ndia (e-mail: jrupadhye@ yahoo.com).
Cite: Jayasshree Upadhye , "Entrepreneurship Among Poverty-ridden Women: The Confidence Building Index ," International Journal of Trade, Economics and Finance vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 132 -135, 2012.