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Impact of Microfinance on Household Income: Evidence from Village Level Study in Orissa

Impact of Microfinance on Household Income: Evidence from Village Level Study in Orissa

Published December 10, 2015

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This studies, the impact of microfinance interventions on the income of rural households in orissa. A stratified random sampling technique was employed to select households from four districts in the state of Orissa. The sample households were further classified into two groups according to their livelihood patterns: agriculture & allied activity and microenterprise & trading activity. A comparison between the target group of households participating in microfinance programs and a control group was carried out by a univariate z-test and by multiple regression analysis. The inequality in income distribution was analysed in terms of
the Gini coefficient and the Lorenz curve. The study provides strong evidence of the positive effect of microfinance programs on the income of the participating


Microfinance, Household income, Microenterprise, Gini coefficient


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