Assessing the Impact of Village Banking Groups on Women’s Livelihoods in the Lusaka District

Authors : Emmanuel Fula

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 8 - August

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This paper aimed to explore the impact of village banking on women’s livelihoods in Lusaka district. A qualitative survey was conducted among 21 women, of which 12 were members of the village banking groups, and 9 were non- members of any village banking group in the district. The data collected was analyzed using descriptive statistics. The results indicated that participation in village banking had a significant positive impact on women’s livelihoods in Lusaka district. Women reported increased income from businesses, improved access to credit, and enhanced social capital through networking with other group members. Additionally, women who participated in village banking reported enhanced self-confidence and decision-making skills, which positively influenced their entrepreneurial activities. On the other hand, women who never participated in village banking activities reported that lack of understanding rules governing village banking, too many stories of thefts, prohibitive interest rates, and high risk of losing investment savings due to dishonest members, are some of the reasons why they don’t feel like joining the village banking groups. The study also found that participation in village banking provided women with a platform to voice out their concerns and challenges, which were then addressed through collective action within their groups. This has led to the development of community-driven solutions that enhanced the well-being and economic security of women and their families. All in all, this study underscores the importance of village banking as a strategy for empowering women and promoting sustainable livelihoods in Lusaka district. This now calls for policymakers and development practitioners to consider investing in similar initiatives that prioritize the economic integration of women, particularly in settings where poverty and gender disparities are prevalent.

Keywords : Village banking, women’s livelihoods, participation, well-being, economic security, Lusaka district.


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