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Who takes the credit?: gender, power, and control over loan use in rural credit programmes in Bangladesh
Goetz, Anne Marie; Gupta, Rina Sen
Women in Bangladesh have gained an international reputation for their excellent credit performance in specialised credit institutions. The fact that they are a good credit risk has made them a priority target group for poverty-oriented credit programs. This paper assesses the degree to which women actually control loans once they have gained access to credit institutions. It finds that a significant proportion of women's loans are directly invested by their male relatives, with women borrowers bearing the liability for repayment, though not necessarily directly benefiting from loan use.
Institute of Development Studies (IDS)
Women, Credit, Bangladesh