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Microfinance, Micro-Entrepreneurial Activities Through Self-Help Groups, and Socio-Economic Empowerment of Women: A Study of Burdwan District of West Bengal, India

Microfinance, Micro-Entrepreneurial Activities Through Self-Help Groups, and Socio-Economic Empowerment of Women: A Study of Burdwan District of West Bengal, India
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Author(s): Partha Mukhopadhyay (National Institute of Technology Durgapur, India), Madhabendra Sinha (National Institute of Technology Durgapur, India), Anjan Ray Chaudhury (Durgapur Government College, India) and Partha Pratim Sengupta (National Institute of Technology Durgapur, India)
Copyright: 2019
Pages: 18
Source title: Gender Economics: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-7510-8.ch015

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Abstract

The chapter attempts to analyze the impact of microfinance and micro-entrepreneurial activities of women through self-help groups (SHGs) on their socio-economic empowerment. Empirically applauded Logit model has been employed for analyzing the socio-economic impacts using primary data collected from a primary survey conducted in selected rural blocks of Burdwan district of West Bengal, India. Participation of women in the household decision-making process and income and employment generation activities are found to be significant factors in this regard. Finally, the study suggests that training of SHGs to non-members, increase in loan amount from banks, and effective utilization of that loan promote women's empowerment as well as employment.

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