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Title: Socio-Economic Roles of Microfinance in Women Empowerment. The Case of Burayu Tow
???metadata.dc.contributor.*???: Ashenafi Hagos (PhD)
Belay, Ejigu
Keywords: Microfinance,Socio-economic empowerment
Issue Date: Dec-2015
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to explore and describe the role of microfinance enterprise in women’s socio - economic empowerment in Burayu town. Mixed method research design was used for this study. The data was collected using questionnaires, interviews, and focus group discussions. The required data for this study was collected from 77 women clients of Burayu microfinance, three microfinance officials, and five experts of the institution. The analysis of the study was conducted using exploratory and descriptive statistics analyses. The results of the study indicated that micro-financing scheme has positive impacts on women’s economic empowerment as measured by improved women clients household incomes and asset possession levels after they became the clients of the institution. There are also improved changes like participation of women in household decision-making and escalations in their number of children attending school because of the economic changes of the women clients. Therefore, based on the findings of this study Burayu micro-finance institution has contributed socio-economic benefits to the livelihoods of women beneficiaries of microfinance through the provision of financial services to the poor, especially poor women in the study area. Since their working area is new and far from the main road, lack of market linkages and shortages in development of infrastructure services are some of the main problems for women clients of Burayu microfinance institution.
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