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Empowering Marginalized Women Through Entrepreneurship: Breaking the Barrier

Empowering Marginalized Women Through Entrepreneurship: Breaking the Barrier
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Author(s): Faraha Nawaz (University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh)
Copyright: 2023
Pages: 17
Source title: Research Anthology on Microfinance Services and Roles in Social Progress
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Information Resources Management Association (USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-7552-2.ch004


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The purpose of this chapter is to analyze some positive life changes happened through micro-finance-driven entrepreneurship development among a sample of marginalized women in Bangladesh. The chapter is based on both primary and secondary data collected from two villages in Rajshahi district in Bangladesh. The author argues that when poverty is reduced, women are better able to meet their practical gender needs; however, they are not empowered unless they are also able to meet their strategic gender needs. The author also argues in this chapter that although entrepreneurship development empowers women, it cannot bring empowerment to all women equally at all levels. In the concluding remarks, the author contends that although many women are empowered at the household level, very few are empowered at the community level.

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