Gender, Microcredit and Poverty Alleviation in a Developing Country: The Case of Women Entrepreneurs in Pakistan

Hussain, Javed, Mahmood, Samia and Scott, Jonathan (2019) Gender, Microcredit and Poverty Alleviation in a Developing Country: The Case of Women Entrepreneurs in Pakistan. Journal of International Development, 31 (3). pp. 247-270. ISSN 0954-1748

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Abstract

The paper explores the impact of financial exclusion on financial and human poverty amongst women in Pakistan. The findings suggest that persistent financial exclusion, gender discrimination and conservative religious values adversely impact women’s empowerment. There is an inverse correlation between the size of microcredit and women’s financial poverty, which is not the case for human poverty. Larger families experienced higher rates of poverty reduction than smaller families. The study offers evidence and supports theories on the impact of microcredit upon poverty alleviation. These findings inform policy makers, women entrepreneurs and microfinance institutions.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: microfinance, gender, entrepreneurs, poverty reduction, Pakistan, human poverty, financial poverty
Subjects: L700 Human and Social Geography
N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School > Business and Management
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2018 08:51
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2019 11:32
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/36439

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