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Type Journal Article - Advanced Journal of Business Management and Entrepreneurship
Title Full Length Research Paper Combating Poverty among Women through the Poverty Alleviation Fund in the Savelugu-Nanton District in the Northern Region of Ghana
Volume 2
Issue 002
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2014
URL http://www.advancedjournals.org/ajbme/pdf/2014/February/Abdulai et al..pdf
The purpose of the study was to assess the extent to which the Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF) was helping to reduce
poverty among women in the Savelugu-Nanton District. The quotas, purposive, snowball and simple random
sampling techniques were used to obtain a total of 172 respondents for the study. Two sets of interview schedules
were used for the two groups, a questionnaire for the PAF loan staff and focus group discussion guide for the
beneficiaries. The data analysis was done with the Statistical Product and Service Solutions (SPSS) Version 16
software. Findings from the study indicated that loans were generally perceived by the PAF women beneficiaries to
be helpful to them in sustaining and expanding their income-generating activities, supplementing household
incomes and acquiring some basic assets. The conclusion reached was that loans can be beneficial to women only if
a genuine effort is made by District Assemblies (DAs) to remove barriers that militate against the empowerment of
women in rural communities in Ghana. On the basis of the findings, it was recommended that, in order to reap the
full benefits of loans, District Assemblies should supply other inputs, in addition to cash, to groups that apply for
loans. Also, while encouraging performing groups, non-performing ones should critically be examined and
supported. Further, attempts should be made to encourage loan defaulters to pay up their loans so as to make the
scheme sustainable.

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