This study was intended to examine the role of microfinance programs on women
empowerment with specific reference to Wide Ridge Visions Development Programme
in Maragua district, Kenya.
The objectives of the study were to determine the programs offered to women
entrepreneurs by WRVDP, to examine how the foresaid programs influence
empowerment in women entrepreneurs, to investigate the current trend of welfare among
MFis in Kenya today and to establish the missing links within the programs and make
The methods used in data collection were questionnaires, interviews, document review
and the researcher's ground observation.
From the findings it was discovered that majority of the clients were women with
families with secondary education level who owned small businesses with minimal
The fact that not only is microfinance good for women, but also women are good for
micro financing was also highlighted. The study also found out that most MFis including
WRVDP did not have clear programmes that could train women on how to manage their
business inorder for them to grow.
The conclusion made indicated that microfinance had impacted women in various levels
including personal, business and household and this has led to changed perception by
women. These changes in perception have led to increased participation by women in
community leadership and in some cases, political positions; and this is a level of women
The general recommendations are that MFis especially those focused on women should
initiate business management training programs to improve the skills of women on how
to run their business inorder for them to grow from small shops to large enterprises. MFis
should also follow-up on the women and their businesses to ensure their businesses run
smoothly and if they is potential for expansion can provide the necessary funds.
EVERLYNE, W (2021). Role Of Microfinance Programs On Empowerment Of Women In Kenya. Case Study Of Wide Ridge Visions Development Programme. Afribary. Retrieved from https://afribary.com/works/role-of-microfinance-programs-on-empowerment-of-women-in-kenya-case-study-of-wide-ridge-visions-development-programme
EVERLYNE, W "Role Of Microfinance Programs On Empowerment Of Women In Kenya. Case Study Of Wide Ridge Visions Development Programme" Afribary. Afribary, 11 Jun. 2021, https://afribary.com/works/role-of-microfinance-programs-on-empowerment-of-women-in-kenya-case-study-of-wide-ridge-visions-development-programme. Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.
EVERLYNE, W . "Role Of Microfinance Programs On Empowerment Of Women In Kenya. Case Study Of Wide Ridge Visions Development Programme". Afribary, Afribary, 11 Jun. 2021. Web. 19 Oct. 2021. < https://afribary.com/works/role-of-microfinance-programs-on-empowerment-of-women-in-kenya-case-study-of-wide-ridge-visions-development-programme >.
EVERLYNE, W . "Role Of Microfinance Programs On Empowerment Of Women In Kenya. Case Study Of Wide Ridge Visions Development Programme" Afribary (2021). Accessed October 19, 2021. https://afribary.com/works/role-of-microfinance-programs-on-empowerment-of-women-in-kenya-case-study-of-wide-ridge-visions-development-programme