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Microfinance and feminist capacity development: a case of rural women in the Central Andes of Peru

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Title: Microfinance and feminist capacity development: a case of rural women in the Central Andes of Peru
Author: Sarapura, Silvia
Department: Department of Rural Extension Studies
Advisor: Mahone, James
Abstract: The study analyzes rural women and capacity development from a constructivist feminist standpoint theory of knowledge that privileges women's voices. The research study was carried out in the Central Andes of Peru with clients of four microfinance institutions in the Ayacucho Region and the Mantaro Valley that are operating in areas where agriculture, livestock and informal commerce are the principal activities. Participatory qualitative methodology was used to gain their insights and reflections employed as self-assessments to examine women's capacities for rediscovering the knowledge of the 'self' and 'others' in the relational and collective dimension. This thesis presents insights into a unique approach to women's power relations and roles to reinforce the sense of the 'self' and relationships using a rich narrative and interpretative approach based on feminist research and concepts of capacity development. Findings include the pathway to gain control over their bodies, their own lives and exercise their agent role to negotiate and change relations in order to achieve social transformation.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10214/25000
Date: 2008
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