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Barriers to microcredit for disabled persons: Evidence from economically active persons in Uganda

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Abstract:

Prior research has identified five barriers hindering disabled persons' access to microcredit: exclusion by staff; exclusion by non-disabled members of credit groups; self-exclusion; exclusion by credit design; and exclusion by the disability itself. This study applies survey data to examine which barriers disabled persons themselves consider to be the most important in Uganda. The survey covers disabled persons with some kind of existing economic activity and is thus not representative of all disabled persons in the country. The data show that exclusion by credit design is the most relevant obstacle from the perspective of the disabled person. The study suggests that microfinance institutions (MFIs) should revise their credit products and make them more disability-friendly to reach out to more disabled customers. These disability-friendly products may also help the MFI to reach other poor and discriminated groups.

Keywords: BARRIERS; DISABILITY; HINDERING MECHANISMS; MICROCREDIT; MICROFINANCE; UGANDA

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3362/1755-1986.2012.003

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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