International Academic Journal of Science and Engineering

  • ISSN 2454-3896

Challenges and Opportunities of Women Participating in the Informal Sector in Malaysia: A Case on Women Street Vendors in Penang

Lalitha Ramasamy

Abstract: This paper will discuss the challenges and opportunities of women participating in the informal sector in Penang, Malaysia. This study gave special importance to women street vendors located in Central District of Seberang Perai, Penang. The study employed the case study research design which is entirely a qualitative approach. The data were collected from purposively selected interviews specifically using convenience sampling techniques. The data were obtained through semi-structured interview, audio recordings and transcripts from focus group sessions. Thematic qualitative analysis technique has been employed to analyze the data. The study found that the major challenges of women street vendors are financial difficulties, social security protection, damage of goods, violating the usage of public spaces and others. Despite of all these challenges these women street vendors are very positive about their business

Keywords: Women, Informal Sector, Street Vendors

Page: 11-23

DOI: 10.9756/IAJSE/V5I1/1810023

Volume 5, Issue 2, 2018