Date of Award


Thesis Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Honors Bachelor of Arts




Dr. Walter Mswaka

Committee Member

Professor Josephine Balzac-Arroyo

Committee Member

Dr. Pavielle Haines


This paper explores the impacts of microfinance on gender equality in India by examining its effects through the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. It begins with an overview of the history of microfinance globally and is followed by an in-depth explanation of the current microfinance landscape in India. This paper then uses a case study approach to collect qualitative data that contributes to this discussion on microfinance and gender equality. By studying the stories of four women and their experiences using the services provided by microfinance institutions, the paper illustrates how microfinance contributes to the advancement of the specific targets outlined under several UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Rights Holder

Alexis Matton