Part 1 Part 2 A Case Study of Kalahandi Bolangir, and Koraput (KBK) Districts of Odisha Women Entrepreneurship and Government of Odisha Experiences across the world show that microfinance, credit and market linkages are important to create gainful economic activities for women and for women empowerment.
While microfinance is meant to reach the poor there are almost universally acknowledged views that most programmes of women empowerment, despite stated objectives, do not reach the poorest of the poor. One of the reasons is related to the fact that loans which are normally given for self-employment presuppose some degree of micro enterprises and
The idea and agenda of women empowerment by governments, funding agencies and other non-state actors has a long and chequered history within and across countries. Till date it is not clear at what point one can emphatically assert that the programme of women empowerment has been successfully achieved or is on the verge of being