Response rate of the respondents on small and medium enterprises in Ilala Tanzania.

This chapter presents the researched results of the study based on the completed questionnaires from the respondents of small and medium enterprises in Ilala Tanzania.  The chapter has two sections, in which section one presented demographic characteristics of the respondents and section two presented results to the study objectives.

Response rate of the respondents

Table  Response rate of the respondents

Response rate Frequency Percentage
Responded 73 84.8
Not responded 13 15.2
Total 86 100.0%

Source: Research data (2020)

The response rate depended on the availability and willingness of respondents to participate in the study by accepting and filling the questionnaires administered so as to provide information for the study.

A sample of 100 respondents selected for this study. Table 4.1 shows that, out of the total 86 questionnaires the researcher administered, only 73 questionnaires were responded, dully filled and returned as it was used in analysis representing a response rate of 84.8% which allowed the researcher to continue with discussion of data, analysis and presentations.

Response rate of the respondents on small and medium enterprises in Ilala Tanzania

Demographic information

The demographic of this study included gender, level of education and work experience of respondents who involved in the study. The demographic information used in making generalizations about the total of respondents used in this study.

Gender of respondents

The results in the Table 4.2 below were generated using cross tabulation analysis in order to explore the distribution of gender of respondents. The reason why gender of respondents was recorded was to show that respondents came from both genders.

Gender of respondents

Gender of respondents Frequency Percentage (%)
Male 49 67.1
Female 24 32.9
Total 73 100.0

Source: Research data (2020)

From the above study in the table the study revealed that out of 67 respondents responded in this study were categorized in following, majority of 67.1% of the respondents were male and only 32.9% of the respondents were female. This is an indication that, male gender were highly involved in this study compared with female gender.

This is due to nature of activities performed at involved in selling and buying of goods. On other side one can say that the study consists of the views of both male and female therefore there was no selection bias in term of the gender of respondents.

Level of education

The finding in the Table 4.3 show the respondent’s categories by their level of education, the majority of the respondents had a Certificate and Diploma qualification.

Table Level of education

Level of education Frequency Percentage %
Secondary and Below 34 46.6
Certificate and Diploma 25 34.3
Bachelor Degree 12 16.4
Masters and above 2 2.7
Total 73 100.0

Source: Research data (2020)

The study revealed that, 46.6% were holding secondary education and below, 34.3% were holding certificate and diploma, 16.4% were holders of bachelor education, 2.7% were holding master degree and above. Since majority of them were educated people, it can be said that the study data collected from the people who are able to think and give objective or clear answers. And hence the results can be said valid since they came from educated people.

Work experience of respondents

The analysis continued to analyze the working experience of respondents in working in their enterprises. Therefore, respondents experience was explored using table results have been shown in the table 4.4 below,

Work Experience of respondents

Work experience Frequency Percentage
Less than one 17 23.3
1-7 43 58.9
7 and above 13 17.8
Total 73 100.0

Source: Research data (2020)

From these findings, majority of the 76.7% respondents were having working experience of more than one year and above, and rest only 23.3% of the respondents had worked for the period less than one year.

Response rate of the respondents on small and medium enterprises in Ilala Tanzania, This indicate that, respondents in this study were people who have worked for enough number of years and are well understanding of the activities and processes engaged with business.

This assured the researcher that, targeted population group was able to provide valid information basing on the researcher’s study in assessing the challenges facing small and medium enterprises in acquisition of goods in Tanzania.


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