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Husbands and Wives. The powers and perils of participation in a microfinance cooperative for female entrepreneurs

  • F. Meier zu Selhausen
  • E. Stam

This study on female entrepreneurs in Western Uganda provides empirical evidence on the socio-economic effects of participation in a microfinance cooperative of both the female entrepreneur and her husband. Participation by female entrepreneurs in a microfinance cooperative is not an unconditional blessing: even though it does deliver higher household incomes, it might also deteriorate the female’s household decision-making power when her husband participates in the same self-help group of the microfinance cooperative. This offers new insights for development policy and for entrepreneurship scholars to study the bright and dark sides of microfinance.

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Paper provided by Utrecht School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 13-10.

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