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The Contribution Of The Kakum Rural Bank To Poverty Reduction In The Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem Municipality In The Central Region, Ghana


  • Francis Enu-Kwesi
  • Frederick Koomson
  • Richard Baah-Mintah


The study was designed to examine the contribution of Kakum Rural Bank (KRB) to poverty reduction in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem Municipality (KEEA). The study employed descriptive and evaluative designs. All four agencies in the KEEA municipality were included in the study. The systematic random sampling technique was used to draw 370 customers and 14 members of staff of Kakum Rural Bank who were purposively sampled for the study. Questionnaires were principally used to collect data from respondents. Graphs and tables were used to present descriptive aspects of the results while non-parametric inferential procedure was used to present the evaluative aspect. The results of the study revealed that KRB, with its financial and non-financial services, has helped in poverty reduction in the KEEA Municipality. Data gathered from the respondents showed a significant improvement in most of the poverty indicators, with the exception of provision of potable water and clothing for families. Judging by the potential that KRB has for reducing poverty, it is recommended that the bank should expand its coverage in the municipality.

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  • Francis Enu-Kwesi & Frederick Koomson & Richard Baah-Mintah, 2013. "The Contribution Of The Kakum Rural Bank To Poverty Reduction In The Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem Municipality In The Central Region, Ghana," Economic Annals, Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, vol. 58(197), pages 121-140, April – J.
  • Handle: RePEc:beo:journl:v:58:y:2013:i:197:p:121-140

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    rural; banks; poverty; reduction; financial; Ghana;

    JEL classification:

    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages


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