An examination of microfinance self-help groups and the poorest of the poor women in Tamil Nadu, India

Knowles, Gordon Edward (2014) An examination of microfinance self-help groups and the poorest of the poor women in Tamil Nadu, India. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This study examined the formation and operation of women's microfinance self-help groups in southern India and investigated whether or not the poorest of the poor women were accepted as members of those groups. The study found that caste was used as a selection criterion. Many eligible women excluded themselves from joining the self-help group due to their own lack of education, age, poor health, poverty and lack of trust in the system. The research revealed that self-help groups enhanced women's income and education, improved village infrastructure, and reduced household conflict. Factors that might prevent inclusion of the poorest of the poor in future microfinance programs were identified.

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ID Code: 72998
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Barraket, Josephine & Luke, Belinda
Keywords: Exclusion, Poverty, Microfinance, Social capital, Self-help groups, India, Tamil nadu
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 14 Jul 2014 02:24
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2015 06:10

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