ATTITUDES OF THE POOR AND DESTITUTE ASNAF TOWARD THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMME IN SELANGOR
Entrepreneurship programme is one of the various special initiatives of government agencies or NGO to develop entrepreneurship skills among target groups, including the underprivileges. Lembaga Zakat Selangor is one of the agencies running a special entrepreneurship programme (PKUAFM) for the poor and destitute asnaf (UAFM) in Selangor. This programme aims to provide a sustainable support to relieve the poverty and hardships of the poor and destitute asnaf through entrepreneurship skills. However, after several years of implementation, the percentage of active involvement and ability to exit their poverty level and destitute conditions among the asnaf is still low. Due to these issues, this study was conducted to evaluate the achievement of the UAFM who underwent the PKUAFM programme. A total of 360 participants (poor and destitute asnaf) were involved in a special survey, employing a set of questionnaires as survey instrument. The results of the data analysis revealed that the attainment of the UAFM undergoing the PKUAFM entrepreneurship programme is at a high level. This study also found that there was no significant difference in attitudes toward entrepreneurship between the female and male UAFM asnaf. A major implication of this study, is that the PKUAFM programme is still beneficial to the poor and destitute asnaf entrepreneurs. Therefore the PKUAFM programme should continue.
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