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The Impact of Lending to Women on Household Vulnerability and Women's Empowerment: Evidence from India


Supriya Garikipati


University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS) - Economics Division

2006

University of Liverpool Management School Research Paper No. 2006/25

Abstract:     
Evaluation studies routinely find that lending to women benefits their households, they are however vastly divergent in their conclusions regarding its empowering potential. This paper investigates this paradoxical suggestion by examining a case study. Survey data from two drought prone villages in rural India shows that while lending to women has helped households reduce their vulnerability, the results on empowerment are less emphatic. On examining a combination of loan-related data and borrower-testimonies we find that high demand for credit for use on family farm/business combined with women's lack of co-ownership of family's productive assets may result in this perverse effect. If women's empowerment is a crucial objective then the patriarchal hold on productive assets must be challenged.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: group lending, household vulnerability, women's empowerment, India

JEL Classification: O12, O29, R29, Z00

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Date posted: July 21, 2006  

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Garikipati, Supriya, The Impact of Lending to Women on Household Vulnerability and Women's Empowerment: Evidence from India (2006). University of Liverpool Management School Research Paper No. 2006/25. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=913766 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.913766

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University of Liverpool Management School (ULMS) - Economics Division ( email )
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United Kingdom
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