Gender, Microcredit and Poverty Alleviation in a Developing Country: The Case of Women Entrepreneurs in Pakistan

Javed Hussain, Samia Mahmood, Jonathan Scott

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-270
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of International Development
Volume31
Issue number3
Early online date6 Nov 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019

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