Gender, microcredit, and poverty alleviation in a developing country: the case of women entrepreneurs in Pakistan

Hussain, Javed G. and Mahmood, Samia and Scott, Jonathan M. (2018) Gender, microcredit, and poverty alleviation in a developing country: the case of women entrepreneurs in Pakistan. Journal of International Development. (In Press)

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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: N100 Business studies
N300 Finance
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Law and Social Sciences > Birmingham City Business School > Dept. Accountancy and Finance
Depositing User: Professor Javed Hussain
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2018 14:14
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2018 14:34
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6277

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