Role of Micro Credit Program in Empowering Rural Women in Bangladesh: A Study on Grameen Bank Bangladesh Limited


  • Dhanonjoy Kumar Islamic University, Kushtia
  • Afjal Hossain Patuakhali Science and Technology University
  • Monto Chandra Gope Metropolitan University



Grameen Bank, Micro Credit, Women, Empowerment, Bangladesh


Bangladesh is one of the high density countries of the world. 40% of its population lives below the poverty level of which rural women are poorer. The rise of the Micro Credit Institution in the global context is identified as an important phenomenon which has implication for the development prospects of the poor. The paper was designed to identify the role of Grameen Bank (GB) and to analyze rural women’s economic empowerment as the outcome of micro-credit interventions. In this regard, an exploratory research has been made to focus on the activities and impacts after receiving micro-credit from GB. A sample size of 100 respondents has been interviewed through a structured questionnaire, in-depth interview and observation from Jhenaidah and Kushtia districts. The result shows that the women are more independent and can engage in decision making process after receiving and using micro credit.

JEL Classification Code:  M19


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Author Biographies

Dhanonjoy Kumar, Islamic University, Kushtia

Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Islamic University, Kushtia, Bangladesh

Afjal Hossain, Patuakhali Science and Technology University

Assistant Professor, Department of Marketing, Patuakhali Science and Technology University, Patuakhali, Bangladesh

Monto Chandra Gope, Metropolitan University

Guest Faculty & Former Senior Lecturer, Department of Business Administration, Metropolitan University, Sylhet, Bangladesh


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How to Cite

Kumar, D., Hossain, A., & Gope, M. C. (2013). Role of Micro Credit Program in Empowering Rural Women in Bangladesh: A Study on Grameen Bank Bangladesh Limited. Asian Business Review, 3(2), 106–112.