Micro-Credit, Empowerment, and Agency: Re-Evaluating the Discourse

  title={Micro-Credit, Empowerment, and Agency: Re-Evaluating the Discourse},
  author={Aradhana Parmar},
  journal={Canadian Journal of Development Studies / Revue canadienne d'{\'e}tudes du d{\'e}veloppement},
  pages={461 - 476}
  • A. Parmar
  • Published 1 January 2003
  • Sociology
  • Canadian Journal of Development Studies / Revue canadienne d'études du développement
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