Does microfinance singlehandedly empower women? A case study of Bangladesh

Pervin, Sajeda and Ismail, Mohd Nazari and Noman, Abu Hanifa Md (2023) Does microfinance singlehandedly empower women? A case study of Bangladesh. SAGE Open, 13 (2). ISSN 2158-2440, DOI

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The role played by microfinancing in the empowerment of women has been a subject of debate in recent literature. By employing the case study method, this paper explores the influencing determinants. Data was obtained from a field interview comprised of 20 female microfinance borrowers and their male family members, as well as focus group discussions and participant observation. The economic, social, and political empowerment of the interviewed women were assessed using Kabeer's empowerment framework, and the results reveal that microfinancing does not influence the economic and political dimensions of female empowerment; instead, microfinancing was observed to empower women socially, particularly with respect to their participation in major decision-making. The results further indicate that the age, family type, educational level, financial literacy, and training of female microfinance clients play important roles in their empowerment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: case study; microfinance; women; empowerment; Bangladesh
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Institute of Advanced Studies
Faculty of Business and Economics
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2023 00:18
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2023 00:18

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