New Economics Papers
on Microfinance
Issue of 2010‒05‒02
three papers chosen by
Aastha Pudasainee and Olivier Dagnelie

  1. Microfinance and Household Poverty Reduction: New evidence from India By Katsushi Imai; Thankom Arun; Samuel Kobina Annim
  2. Innovative Approaches to Developmental Microfinance in India By Kasat, Puja; Suneja, Vivek
  3. A Study about the Impact of Nutrition Education and Awareness of Food Safety among Women SHG Members By Gowri, B; Vasantha Devi, K.P.; Sivakumar, Marimuthu

  1. By: Katsushi Imai; Thankom Arun; Samuel Kobina Annim
    Date: 2010
  2. By: Kasat, Puja; Suneja, Vivek
    Abstract: Though microfinance in India has grown phenomenally in the last decade, there has been a problem with increasing the geographical reach and impact of the same. The reasons for less reach are multifold but primarily, lack of continuous capital and little state & regulatory support to the sector. To address the problem of capital, the first part of this study focuses on which funding source suits the industry the most given its mission to alleviate poverty, in order to create commercially sound and sustainable organizations. The second part of this study focuses on increasing the impact which microfinance can create on the lives of the poor, by innovatively using the channel of microfinance to provide increased access to education to the poor. Empowerment through education will be a key in any efforts to improve the quality of rural life and the welfare of the next generation in developing countries.
    Keywords: Microfinance; education; integrate; equity
    JEL: G21
    Date: 2010–03
  3. By: Gowri, B; Vasantha Devi, K.P.; Sivakumar, Marimuthu
    Abstract: Foods prepared in unorganized sector is unique in India as these measures food processing units are diverse in size and location, in the absence of quality control measures, poor quality packaging material, improper transportation, use of contaminated water, high turn-over of food handlers, lack of personnel hygiene and non judicious use of colorants and preservatives, these unit pose considerable food safety hazards. These days the women Self Help Groups (SHG) are implementing a large number of village cottage industries especially food processing industries. These industries are considered as unorganized sector .These informal sector need food safety education. Hence the present study has been designed with the aim to create awareness amongst women who are involved in food processing trade in unorganized sector with regard to various parameters like adopting food safety and hygienic method, food safety laws for food production.
    Keywords: Food Safety; Nutrition Education; Women Self Help Groups; India
    JEL: I0 I12
    Date: 2010–04–28

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