Women empowerment through participation in microcredit programme: A case study

Ferdoushi Ahmed, Chamhuri Siwar, Nor Aini Hj Idris

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Problem statement: Although women constitute almost half of the total population of Bangladesh, they are ascribed a lower status than men. Especially, rural women in Bangladesh experience adverse situations in terms of socio-economic inequality and gender disparity. They are the most deprived of the society and majority of them are extremely poor. Microcredit programme contributes to increase empowerment of rural women in Bangladesh. Approach: This study examines the extent of empowerment creation of rural women through involvement in microcredit programme in Bangladesh. The study is based on empirical data collected through interview from the two groups of rural women e.g., 'with credit' and 'without credit' rural women. The 'with credit' respondent represents the rural women who have taken loan from the Grammeen Bank's microcredit programme. Results: The findings show that majority (84%) of the 'with credit' respondents are more empowered in terms of family decision making matters compared (76%) to the 'without credit' respondent. Conclusion: It is concluded that 'with credit' rural women have enhanced their empowerment by participating microcredit programmes of Grameen Bank Bangladesh.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)878-883
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume8
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Keywords

  • Empowerment Index (EI)
  • Household items
  • Microcredit programme
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Rural women
  • Self-sufficient
  • Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS)
  • Women empowerment

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Women empowerment through participation in microcredit programme : A case study. / Ahmed, Ferdoushi; Siwar, Chamhuri; Idris, Nor Aini Hj.

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Ahmed, Ferdoushi ; Siwar, Chamhuri ; Idris, Nor Aini Hj. / Women empowerment through participation in microcredit programme : A case study. In: American Journal of Applied Sciences. 2011 ; Vol. 8, No. 9. pp. 878-883.
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