Gender, solidarity and the paradox of microfinance: reflections from Bolivia

  title={Gender, solidarity and the paradox of microfinance: reflections from Bolivia},
  author={Beth A. Bee},
  journal={Gender, Place \& Culture},
  pages={23 - 43}
  • Beth A. Bee
  • Published 18 January 2011
  • Economics
  • Gender, Place & Culture
Microfinance seeks to create small communities of women borrowers who stand in solidarity with each other, providing the social capital necessary to create an economic safety net and to facilitate economic action among individual borrowers. However, because microfinance concurrently emphasizes the economic rationality of participants, it undermines the very sense of community it strives to create. Utilizing feminist geographic scholarship and drawing from examples of a women-only microfinance… 
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