The impact of microfinance on domestic violence has been widely discussed, but there is still no consensus due to the fact that context and programme implementation mechanisms have a large effect on outcomes. An innovative grassroots microfinance organisation in India, Rojiroti, has a number of unique features which make a positive impact on domestic violence more likely. Using a quasi-experimental design with panel data and matched control sites, this article reports on a study that found a significant reduction in levels of domestic violence among women members of Rojiroti, alongside a significant increase in asset ownership and knowledge of household finances.
- gender and diversity
- labour and livelihoods - microfinance
- civil society - NGOs