Improving well-being of rural women through participation in microcredit programme

Evidence from Bangladesh

Ferdoushi Ahmed, Chamhuri Siwar, Nor Aini H Idris

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Abstract

Women in rural areas of Bangladesh have very limited access to income producing activities and consequently less opportunity to contribute to the well-being of their families due to a number of social, cultural and religious barriers. In addition, they are not allowed to participate in economic activities outside their home and consequently not able to contribute to their families get out of poverty. In this circumstance, microcredit programme contributes significantly to poverty reduction in Bangladesh by creating income generation and self-employment opportunities for the poor people by providing small loans to them. In the present study, it has been attempted to assess the role of microcredit programme in improving the well-being of poor rural women and their families. The findings of the study show that the rural women, after joining the microcredit programme, engaged themselves in income generating activities and contributed to increase their total family income which helped to improve overall well-being of their family. Therefore, it can be concluded that supply of credit is increasingly being looked upon as a significant contribution to upgrading quality of life of the rural women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)857-862
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences
Volume5
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2011

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Keywords

  • Bangladesh
  • Microcredit programme
  • Poverty
  • Rural women
  • Well-being

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Improving well-being of rural women through participation in microcredit programme : Evidence from Bangladesh. / Ahmed, Ferdoushi; Siwar, Chamhuri; Idris, Nor Aini H.

In: Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, Vol. 5, No. 8, 08.2011, p. 857-862.

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