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Loans add to women’s burden in South Asia

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Schemes to offer small loans to women in South Asia are failing to lift them from poverty – and may worsen their status in the long term. A report, pill published by the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), viagra Holland, cialis states that the value of micro-credits in helping to alleviate women’s poverty has been overstated. The schemes had provided women some short-term relief from poverty and in some cases improved their status and control over income, writes the author, Dr Amrita Chhachhi, a senior lecturer in women, gender and development studies at the ISS of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Holland, “but in the long run they institute a new layer of exploitation, increasing responsibilities and work burdens." Thanks to Sally Ballard who spotted this in Panos London Illuminating Voices.

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