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Microcredit participation and nutrition outcomes among women in Peru

Hamad R, Fernald LCH. J Epidemiol Community Health. 7pp. (2010).

Abstract

Background Microcredit services the awarding of small loans to individuals who are too poor to take advantage of traditional financial servicesdare an increasingly popular scheme for poverty alleviation. Several studies have examined the ability of microcredit programmes to influence the financial standing of borrowers, but only a few studies have examined whether the added household income improves health and nutritional outcomes among household members. This study examined the hypothesis that longer participation in microcredit services would be associated with better nutritional status in women.

Methods Cross-sectional data were obtained in February 2007 from 1593 female clients of a microcredit organisation in Peru. The primary predictor variable was length of time as a microcredit client measured in number of completed loan cycles (range 0 to 5.5 years, average loan size US$350). The outcome variables were age-adjusted body mass index (BMI), haemoglobin levels (g/dl) and food insecurity measured using the US household food security survey module. Extensive data on demographic and socioeconomic status were also collected.

Results Longer microcredit participation was associated with higher BMI (b¼0.05, p¼0.06), higher haemoglobin levels (b¼0.07, p<0.01) and lower food insecurity (b¼0.13, p<0.01). With the inclusion of demographic and socioeconomic variables, the associations with higher haemoglobin (b¼0.03, p¼0.04) and lower food insecurity (b¼0.08, p<0.01) were sustained.

Conclusion This study supports the notion that microcredit participation has positive effects on the nutritional status of female clients. Further research should explore more definitive causal pathways through which these effects may occur and should examine the effects on other household members.

Developing Linkages with Health Providers: A Technical Guide for MFIs

By Cassie Chandler, in collaboration with Laura Fleischer Proaño and Marcia Metcalfe. Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. 67 pp. (2010).

Health Loans: A Technical Guide for MFIs

By Rossana Ramirez and Myka Reinsch with Freedom from Hunger staff and associates Marcia Metcalfe, Frédéric Ruaz, Mahamadi Cissé, Soumitra Dutta, Cassie Chandler and Kathleen Stack. Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. 41 pp. (2010).

Market Research for Microfinance and Health Protection: A Technical Guide for MFIs

By Rossana M. Ramírez with Cassie Chandler, Laura Fleischer-Proaño, Edouine François, Bobbi Gray, Marcia Metcalfe and Myka Reinsch. Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. 103 pp. (2010).

Health Savings: A Technical Note

By Myka Reinsch and Rossana Ramirez with Freedom from Hunger staff and associates Mahamadi Cissé, Frédéric Ruaz and Marcia Metcalfe. Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. 26 pp. (2010).

Advancing Women’s and Adolescent Girls’ Access to Resources and Influence in Rural India

By Bobbi Gray and Sheila Chanani. Freedom from Hunger Research Paper No. 11. 79pp. (July 2010). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (English only)

MAHP Research Summary Report: Bandhan

By Megan Gash and Sheila Chanani. Freedom from Hunger Research Paper No. 9A. 25pp. (June 2010). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. 

Costs and Benefits of Credit with Education: The Case of PADME in Bénin

By Myka Reinsch and Frédéric Ruaz with Teddy Ekoué Kouvahey. Freedom from Hunger Research Paper No. 10D. 15pp. (June 2010). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger. (English and French)

The Business Case for Adding Health Protection to Microfinance

By Myka Reinsch with Christopher Dunford and Marcia Metcalfe. Freedom from Hunger Research Paper No. 10. 35pp. (June 2010). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger.

Costs and Benefits of Health Microinsurance Premium Loans and Linkages with Health Providers: CARD’s Experience in the Philippine

By Myka Reinsch with Marcia Metcalfe and CARD staff. Freedom from Hunger Research Paper No. 10B. 9pp. (June 2010). Davis, CA: Freedom from Hunger.

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