In Pakistan, as in many other developing countries, women are handicapped in society.

Therefore they face many challenges, as they do not enjoy the same opportunities as men. They are not only deprived of financial resources but also lack access to basic needs such as education, health, clean drinking water and proper sanitation. Limited access to the essentials of life undermines their capabilities, limits their ability to secure gainful employment, and results in income, poverty and social exclusion. Their ambitions and aspirations are suppressed. Gradually things are improving for women, which has been caused by their tremendous determination and courage. They are entering in the field of education, health, engineering, IT and active participation is seen in the sports and politics arena. About 60% of women entrepreneurs in Pakistan have opted for traditional business such as parlors, bakeries, boutiques, but the largest number is employed in the garments and handicrafts sector. In general, urban women are better placed in terms of accessing information than those operating in the rural areas. Problems Some of the basic problems a highlighted by various research studies undertaken by women entrepreneurs are:
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Lack of information Lack of Micro Financing Schemes Lack of Skill Development Lack of Entrepreneurship/Business Skills Lack of Marketing Facilities Lack of Product Designs Lack of Networking and Trust Building Expensive Raw Material Low Quality Control Non-Conducive Working Environment

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