To read this content please select one of the options below:

Entrepreneurial Financing Options of Female Businesses and Enterprise Performance in Nigeria

Ayedun Taiwo (The Federal University of Technology, Nigeria)

New Horizons and Global Perspectives in Female Entrepreneurship Research

ISBN: 978-1-83982-781-5, eISBN: 978-1-83982-780-8

Publication date: 13 March 2023


Women's contributions to socio-economic development of many developed and developing economies have improved substantially over the years. However, women participation in economic development and contributions to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are still inadequate as a result of insufficient access to finance to enhance their business performance and other challenging factors such as infrastructure, government policy and enabling business environment. This study aimed to examine the financing issues faced with female entrepreneurs in Nigeria in terms of supply side finance gap that hinders their performance. Other specific objectives are to: establish reasons for external source of finance; identify various financial options available for female-owned businesses in Nigeria; investigate the effect of financial options on the performances of female-owned businesses in Nigeria. Survey research design was employed with administration of structured questionnaire on nine hundred and seventy five (975) female entrepreneurs of selected Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) from the population of nine million, six hundred and two thousand, two hundred and forty nine (9,602,249). Data analysis was carried out using descriptive statistics (frequency, percentages, mean, standard deviation) and inferential statistics of regression analysis. Results of the regression analysis at 5% significant level using two-tailed test for all the variables of financial options displayed significant effects on the performance of female businesses in Nigeria. It was recommended that more female-owned businesses should take the advantage of these financial options to enhance business performance as only 38% of them have successfully utilized these financial sources to bridge the finance gap.



Taiwo, A. (2023), "Entrepreneurial Financing Options of Female Businesses and Enterprise Performance in Nigeria", Cullen, U.A. (Ed.) New Horizons and Global Perspectives in Female Entrepreneurship Research, Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 75-92.



Emerald Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2023 Ayedun Taiwo. Published under exclusive licence by Emerald Publishing Limited