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Title: Potential of Cooperatives in Empowering the Rural Women: The Case
Authors: Abiyot, Eliyas
Advisors: Ali Hassen (Ph.D)
Copyright: Feb-2010
Date Added: 27-Nov-2012
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: Women empowerment, as a policy approach, uses different mechanisms to empower women; out of which organizing women into cooperatives is attracting the attention of many organizations. Thus the study aimed at investigating the roles of cooperatives in empowering women. For the study, four primary societies from the members of Challela Rural Saving and Credit Cooperative Union were selected. Among these 10% of the households were selected for the survey. In addition, FGDs and key informant interviews were also used to collect the necessary data. The findings of the study indicated that cooperatives provide saving and credit services that enable the women to start income generating activities. As a result, women’s average yearly income is increased. Moreover, they own different assets like house, grain mill, farm equipments and different types of livestock. In addition, their access to information, food, health and education has improved. However, low participation of women, lack of proper coordination and training are the major challenges in the cooperatives.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/4045
Appears in:Thesis - Rural Livelihoods & Development

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