Microenterprise occupation and poverty reduction in microfinance programs: evidence from Sri Lanka

Shaw, J 2004, 'Microenterprise occupation and poverty reduction in microfinance programs: evidence from Sri Lanka', World Development, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 1247-1264.


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Title Microenterprise occupation and poverty reduction in microfinance programs: evidence from Sri Lanka
Author(s) Shaw, J
Year 2004
Journal name World Development
Volume number 32
Issue number 1
Start page 1247
End page 1264
Total pages 18
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract The microenterprise earnings of microfinance clients in southeastern Sri Lanka are linked to their initial incomes. Poorer clients face geographic, financial and sociocultural barriers to entry to the most promising microenterprise occupations, leading them to select low-value activities with poor growth prospects. In semi-urban areas, poverty impacts could be strengthened by supplementing loans with nonfinancial interventions encouraging poor clients to select higher-value occupations. In and rural areas, where microenterprises face severe market and infrastructure constraints, microenterprise development is unlikely to facilitate poverty exit.
Subject Applied Economics not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Asia
Sri Lanka
micrfinance
poverty
microenterprise development
rural livelihoods
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.worlddev.2004.01.009
Copyright notice © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN 0305-750X
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