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University of Guelph (2008)

Exploring the circumstances of women involved in microfinance in Gaborone, Botswana

McNeilly, Erin

Titre : Exploring the circumstances of women involved in microfinance in Gaborone, Botswana

Auteur : McNeilly, Erin

Etablissement de soutenance : University of Guelph

Grade : Master of Arts (MA) 2008

Résumé
Botswana is one of Africa’s success stories of economic development. This study examines the circumstances and experiences of women involved with Women’s Finance House, a microcredit lending project in Gaborone, Botswana. It is an exploratory study based on three months of fieldwork from May to August 2007. Microfinance has been widely employed as a useful development strategy to improve women’s economic wellbeing. In Botswana, microfinance has gained popularity in order to diversify the economy, which is currently dominated by diamond mining and beef exports. It is also important for encouraging a self-reliant population in Botswana. In addition, microfinance is a tool for empowerment through which women can meet practical and strategic gendered needs. Batswana women face opportunities and obstacles to income-generating activities in Gaborone. Gender inequality, inaccessibility to resources, and the crisis of HIV/AIDS impede women entrepreneurs’ income earning potential. In concluding this research, the difficulty in differentiating between practical and strategic gendered needs is discussed. In addition, whether or not the microcredit project meets the needs of Batswana women is explored. The role of microfinance as a development approach to empower women in Botswana through capacity building is also examined

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