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Microcredit and Empowerment of Rural Women Experience from Mbeya Region Tanzania

Shekilango, Sylvia Mambiu LU (2012) MIDM71 20121
LUMID International Master programme in applied International Development and Management
Abstract
A concern for the status of women particularly in the developing country‘s context has created global and national level initiatives with a goal to empower them. Compared to men, women lack economic opportunities, have limited access to productive and financial resources; moreover they also have minimal participation in the decision-making process. In recent years many developing countries have introduced credit programs targeting women with the explicit goal of empowering them. Given such context of women, it was the interest of this study to explore the extent to which microcredit scheme especially the pro grassroot ones can contribute to the empowerment of women with a focus to improved access to resources and changes in women‘s lives... (More)
A concern for the status of women particularly in the developing country‘s context has created global and national level initiatives with a goal to empower them. Compared to men, women lack economic opportunities, have limited access to productive and financial resources; moreover they also have minimal participation in the decision-making process. In recent years many developing countries have introduced credit programs targeting women with the explicit goal of empowering them. Given such context of women, it was the interest of this study to explore the extent to which microcredit scheme especially the pro grassroot ones can contribute to the empowerment of women with a focus to improved access to resources and changes in women‘s lives basing on the fact that such an ability tends to be limited to majority of women particularly the pro rural ones.
The study was conducted in the context of rural Tanzania, Mbeya Rural District. The qualitative approach was employed to obtain the empowerment experience of the rural women members to the Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies (SACCOS).
Findings of this research show that majority of rural women continue to have limited access to microcredit regardless of the nature of the credit scheme; access to microcredits can positively contribute both economic and non-economic changes in rural women‘s lives. (Less)
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author
Shekilango, Sylvia Mambiu LU
supervisor
organization
course
MIDM71 20121
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Microcredit, women empowerment, rural women, Mbeya, Tanzania
language
English
id
2834858
date added to LUP
2012-07-02 16:12:42
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2012-07-02 16:12:42
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  abstract     = {A concern for the status of women particularly in the developing country‘s context has created global and national level initiatives with a goal to empower them. Compared to men, women lack economic opportunities, have limited access to productive and financial resources; moreover they also have minimal participation in the decision-making process. In recent years many developing countries have introduced credit programs targeting women with the explicit goal of empowering them. Given such context of women, it was the interest of this study to explore the extent to which microcredit scheme especially the pro grassroot ones can contribute to the empowerment of women with a focus to improved access to resources and changes in women‘s lives basing on the fact that such an ability tends to be limited to majority of women particularly the pro rural ones.
The study was conducted in the context of rural Tanzania, Mbeya Rural District. The qualitative approach was employed to obtain the empowerment experience of the rural women members to the Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies (SACCOS).
Findings of this research show that majority of rural women continue to have limited access to microcredit regardless of the nature of the credit scheme; access to microcredits can positively contribute both economic and non-economic changes in rural women‘s lives.},
  author       = {Shekilango, Sylvia Mambiu},
  keyword      = {Microcredit,women empowerment,rural women,Mbeya,Tanzania},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Microcredit and Empowerment of Rural Women Experience from Mbeya Region Tanzania},
  year         = {2012},
}