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.
Impact and interest:
Citation counts are sourced monthly from and citation databases.
These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.
Citations counts from theindexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.
Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.
|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|
Repository Staff Only: item control page