Women entrepreneurs suffer from
various obstacles, such as gender gap
or discrimination, few years of business experience and
limited access to financing. The first part of this study
explains the theoretical base of the Islamic microfinance,
going through religious and ethical principles and
financial contracts related to these principles. By using
these theoretical aspects, the present study tried to
evidence the main reasons for the “feminization of
microfinance” in Pakistan. This study tries to answers,
why, Islamic microfinance is an answer to improvement
in women entrepreneurship. The second part of this study
highlights social and environmental factors acting as a
hindrance to female-entrepreneurship development. The
primary data set is collected through field surveys from
major administrative units of Pakistan to make sample
more representative of Pakistan, where major Islamic
micro-financing institutions are in operation.
1-Nazima Ellahi Assistant Professor,Department of Business & Technology, Foundation University Islamabad, Pakistan. 2-Muhammad Awais Assistant Professor,Department of Business Administration, Foundation University Islamabad, Pakistan.3-Asif Raza Head of Business Operations,Digital Product Limited (DPL),Islamabad, Pakistan.
Women Entrepreneurship, Islamic Microfinance Credit, Obstacles to growth.