Micro-finance and women's empowerment: A lesson from India

Leach, Fiona and Sitaram, Shashikala (2002) Micro-finance and women's empowerment: A lesson from India. Development in Practice, 12 (5). pp. 575-588. ISSN 0961-4524

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Additional Information: The article is based on a DFID funded research study into training for women's micro-enterprises carried out in five countries, for which the faculty member was the principal investigator. The article is co-authored with an Indian researcher and is published in a journal aimed at a professional rather than academic readership. It draws lessons from an NGO project intended to empower low caste women working in the silk reeling industry in India through micro-finance. Its contribution lies in the highlighting of the naivety of NGOs seeking to operate in global markets (in this case the silk industry) and the disastrous impact that this can have on poor people already living on the edge of survival. It also questioned the orthodoxy of supporting group-based economic enterprises for women and the exclusion of male relatives from projects intended to benefit women.
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Fiona Elizabeth Leach
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:43
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2012 14:44
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17985
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