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From Rags to Riches or Fortunes to Fists? Microfinance and Gendered Intrahousehold Conflict in India
This paper attempts to examine whether women's access to income-earning opportunities renders their position within the household more vulnerable by exacerbating traditional intra-household conflicts. It argues that microfinance must look beyond economic benefits and recognize the potential for domestic conflict to arise over the use of credit. The paper further highlights a significant need for microfinance to be more male friendly; the benefits of engendering staff; the value of social capital and self help group credibility; and the necessity for time and trust to build between clients and the MFI for issues of domestic violence to be addressed.