Through this study, the potential of providing microfinance services through the already existing, government sponsored, educational centers targeting low-income populations in southern India is explored. During the summer of 2007, 31 Anganwadi centers were observed and workers were interviewed at these centers. Government officials were also interviewed at both, Integrated Child Development Services, and the Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women. Based on Dunford and Rueda’s models for the delivery of microfinance and education services combined, this study suggests a bound/linked model in which two independent entities work together for the provision of these services. The study suggests practical ways for the implementation of the model.
|Keywords:||Education and Microfinance, Education and Development, Economic Development, Anganwadi, Balwadi, Chennai, India|
PhD Candidate, The College of Education and Human Development, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA
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