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From Rags to Riches or Fortunes to Fists? Microfinance and Gendered Intrahousehold Conflict in India Image

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From Rags to Riches or Fortunes to Fists? Microfinance and Gendered Intrahousehold Conflict in India

From Rags to Riches or Fortunes to Fists? Microfinance and Gendered Intrahousehold Conflict in India

Summary

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.

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