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Submitted by Getaneh Gobezie on

Dear colleagues, thank you for this .. This study highlights the impact of microfinance on stimulating change on the forward-backward linkages which are often ignored in most other studies.Progress for some families in a microbank can mean progress for others who are not in the bank. Here is a summary by Daly-Haris at the Microcredit Summit Report (2003). … Several years ago, two visitors sat with a group of women at a microbank meeting in South Asia. “What impact has your microbank had on the husband of non-borrowers?” the visitor asked. The women of the microbank spoke softly together and then one of them answered. “Before we joined the bank, “ the borrower explained, “our husbands were daily labourers, working whenever they could find work on other people’s land. When we took our first loan, our husbands stopped being day labourers and joined us in our business – growing garlic on leased land, husking rice, driving a bicycle rickshaw. There become a shortage of day-labourers in this area. This caused the wage to go up for the husbands of women who were not with our bank. That was the impact of this microbank on the husbands of the non-borrowers. … Regards, Getaneh ([email protected])