Microfinance : does it affect rural poverty reduction? : the case of two villages in southern India

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dc.contributor.advisor Borras, Saturnino M.
dc.coverage.spatial India
dc.creator Jalan, Asha
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-27T17:05:26Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-27T17:05:26Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.other HG178.33 I4 J35 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/23058
dc.description 103 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm. en_CA
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 88-103).
dc.description.abstract Given that microfinance requires regular financial contributions either as savings or repayments, examining who has access to microfinance is a critical first step in understanding how microfinance influences rural poverty reduction. This paper argues that while microfinance may facilitate livelihood diversification, what microfinance is used for and to what effect would depend on a household's existing endowments, assets and capabilities as well as the political economy of the community. If used to build assets, microfinance may, over time, lead to increased endowments and reduce poverty. However, this study shows that microfinance does not exist in isolation: taking into account structural, institutional and other influencing factors that affect people's livelihoods is important to understand the dynamics of microfinance in a rural setting. Based on the case of two villages in southern India, this study shows that microfinance does not challenge the social relations of production. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University en_CA
dc.subject.lcc HG178.33.I4
dc.subject.lcsh Microfinance -- India
dc.subject.lcsh Poverty -- India
dc.title Microfinance : does it affect rural poverty reduction? : the case of two villages in southern India en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in International Development Studies
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline International Development Studies Program
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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