American Journal of Economics and Business Administration

Female Entrepreneurship and Agritourism Cooperatives in the Greeκ Periphery: An Overview

Dimitrios Stavroulakis, Stefanos Karagiannis, Roido Mitoula and Aristides Papagrigoriou

DOI : 10.3844/ajebasp.2013.129.138

American Journal of Economics and Business Administration

Volume 5, 2013

Pages 129-138

Abstract

This study investigates the status of female entrepreneurs in the Greek countryside as formed in the recent years owed to the emergence of agritourism. Agritourism has provided opportunities for additional income in localities through the utilization of knowledge of traditional customs, recipes, folk art. Women entrepreneurs in the sector often function within a context of adverse circumstances, pertaining to their multiple responsibilities at home and at work. Organization of women in producers’ cooperatives has facilitated their endeavor with regard to commitment, mutual support and pooling knowledge. On the other hand, major obstacles include lack of management education and insufficient marketing of local products. Even though status of women has been upgraded to an extent due to their additional contribution to the family income, conservative stereotypes about their role remain still intact in the countryside.

Copyright

© 2013 Dimitrios Stavroulakis, Stefanos Karagiannis, Roido Mitoula and Aristides Papagrigoriou. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.