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Women’s Empowerment as a Result of Microcredit Loans in Bangladesh?

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  • Lex Loro

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    (American University, Washington, DC, United States)

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    Women comprise half of Bangladesh’s population and—as is the case in most developing countries—are considered the lesser sex, receiving inequitable treatment in the home and workplace. However, the status and power of women has improved drastically since Grameen Bank opened its doors thirty years ago. Despite some critics, the fast majority of scholars come to the conclusion that microcredit loans encouraged poor women and significantly increased their self-esteem and self worth, and thereby empowered them. Due to microcredit, not only have Bangladeshi women gained higher status in society, but also the Bangladeshi economy has benefited from the inclusion of so many additional people and businesses into the economy.

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    Paper provided by Bangladesh Development Research Center (BDRC) in its series Bangladesh Development Research Working Paper Series (BDRWPS) with number BDRWPS No. 18.

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    Length: 15 pages
    Date of creation: Sep 2013
    Handle: RePEc:bnr:wpaper:18
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    1. Md. Abul Basher, 2007. "Empowerment of microcredit participants and its spillover effects: evidence from the Grameen bank of Bangladesh," Journal of Developing Areas, Tennessee State University, College of Business, vol. 40(2), pages 173-183, January-M.
    2. Amin, Ruhul & St. Pierre, Maurice & Ahmed, Ashraf & Haq, Runa, 2001. "Integration of an Essential Services Package (ESP) in Child and Reproductive Health and Family Planning with a Micro-credit Program for Poor Women: Experience from a Pilot Project in Rural Bangladesh," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 29(9), pages 1611-1621, September.
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