Microfinance, rural livelihoods, and women's empowerment in Uganda

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Microfinance, rural livelihoods, and women's empowerment in Uganda

Type: Book (monograph)
Title: Microfinance, rural livelihoods, and women's empowerment in Uganda
Author: Lakwo, A.
Publisher: African Studies Centre
Issue Date: 2006
Keywords: Uganda
rural women
empowerment
credit
livelihoods
gender relations
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Abstract: This study examines in what ways and to what extent microfinance services facilitate the empowerment of married rural women in Nebbi district, northwestern Uganda. In particular, it examines the gender relations inherent in the livelihood practices of the community, the changes in well-being (if any) of the recipients of microfinance, and the ways in which changes in well-being are translated into changes in gender relations at the household and community levels. Using the sustainable livelihood approach, empowerment was measured at two levels, viz. the livelihood endowment status, and the livelihood entitlement status. The analysis reveals that microfinance did not make any significant change in the well-being status of clients. However, microfinance significantly facilitated women's empowerment at the individual, intrahousehold, and community levels. In this way, women's agency has sparked their struggle to engender livelihood practices. [ASC Leiden abstract]
Series/Report no.: Research reports
85
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/11945
 

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