Effect of Cooperative Membership on the Economic Empowerment of Women in Osun State of Nigeria
International Journal of Business and Economics Research
Volume 4, Issue 2, April 2015, Pages: 21-29
Received: Jan. 29, 2015; Accepted: Feb. 19, 2015; Published: Mar. 2, 2015
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Taiwo Abdulahi Olabisi, Department of Cooperative Economics and Management, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State of Nigeria
Udunze Ugochukwu MacDonald, Department of Public Administration sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State of Nigeria
Agbasi Obianuju Emmanuela, Department of Cooperative Economics and Management, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State of Nigeria
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Cooperative societies are organizations that have primary aim of providing needs of their members and enhance the quality of their members’ livelihood. As such the study examined the effect of cooperative membership on the economic empowerment of women in Osun State of Nigeria. Data were obtained from 375 women cooperators across two senatorial zones of Osun State. Data obtained were analyzed with both descriptive statistics and inferential model of regression, T-test, ANOVA non parametric correlation test as well post –hoc test. Evidence from the study revealed that socioeconomic variables of the respondents are determinant factor for their membership in cooperative society. It was also revealed that women cooperative societies in Osun State are involved in different economic empowerment activities that are accessible and capable of empowering women in Osun State. Findings also revealed that economic empowerment activities of women cooperatives have positive effects on the level of entrepreneurial skills acquired by the women cooperators in Osun State. Therefore, in a bid to strengthen the economic empowerment efforts of women cooperative, the following recommendations are made necessary, the cooperative incorporate adult education as part of their empowerment programme. The cooperative should seek for more innovative skills and programmes that will boost economic status of the women cooperators. Since cooperative has membership effect on income level women should be encourage to join cooperative society if they want to improve their livelihood. Finally, extensions service should be provided with competent facilitators.
Cooperative Membership, Women, Economic Empowerment
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Taiwo Abdulahi Olabisi, Udunze Ugochukwu MacDonald, Agbasi Obianuju Emmanuela, Effect of Cooperative Membership on the Economic Empowerment of Women in Osun State of Nigeria, International Journal of Business and Economics Research. Vol. 4, No. 2, 2015, pp. 21-29. doi: 10.11648/j.ijber.20150402.11
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