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The Gender Impact of Microfinance: The Case of Wekembe in Uganda

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  • Marcella Corsi
  • Marina De Angelis
  • Pierluigi Montalbano

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Microfinance industry has grown massively in the past decades. Even if it is commonly considered as an importantdevelopment tool, the evidence of the socio-economic impact of microfinance is mixed, regardless of what methodology hasbeen applied. The purpose of this study is to assess the socio-economic impact of microfinance on the clients of amicrofinance program in Uganda, named Wekembe. To do so, we have conducted a survey on 294 Wekembe’s clients andwe have used the survey results to build a dataset, which by means of different methodologies – controlling also for selectionbias by means of a generalized propensity score (GPS) matching technique - allows us to analyse the impact ofmicrofinance on Wekembe clients’ savings and women clients’ empowerment.

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  • Marcella Corsi & Marina De Angelis & Pierluigi Montalbano, 2013. "The Gender Impact of Microfinance: The Case of Wekembe in Uganda," Working Papers CEB 13-045, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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    1. Rachel Masika, 2017. "Mobile Phones and Entrepreneurial Identity Negotiation by Urban Female Street Traders in Uganda," Gender, Work and Organization, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 24(6), pages 610-627, November.

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    Keywords

    Microfinance; Gender; Empowerment; Savings;

    JEL classification:

    • J16 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Economics of Gender; Non-labor Discrimination
    • G21 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - Banks; Other Depository Institutions; Micro Finance Institutions; Mortgages
    • O12 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Microeconomic Analyses of Economic Development

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