This research paper examines the social impacts experienced by impoverished populations through their participation in microfinance programs. Microfinance is a very relevant topic in the discussion of poverty alleviation, especially amongst under developed nations. While there is substantial academic work centered around microfinance, the vast majority tends to rely primarily on economic measures in order to evaluate effectiveness of a program. In this research paper I discuss the use of a modified measurement tool to evaluate microfinance programs based on social impact indicators. I utilize the methods and data from three existing studies on microfinance to gain insight into program assessment. Through my examination of formal interviews and surveys conducted by the three case studies, it is evident that most micro-entrepreneurs that are enrolled or have been enrolled in a microfinance program benefit from an increase in community engagement and personal empowerment.
Sociology and Anthropology
Driscoll, Robert, "A New Perspective on Poverty Alleviation: Evaluating Microfinance Programs Through Social Impact Indicators" (2020). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 8956.
Other Economics | Work, Economy and Organizations
Micro-enterprise, Microfinance, Social empowerment
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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