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Exploring the complexity of microfinance and HIV in fishing communities on the shores of Lake Malawi

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MacPherson, Eleanor, Sadalaki, John, Nyongopa, Victoria, Nkhwazi, Lawrence, Phiri, Mackwellings, Chimphonda, Alinafe, Desmond, Nicola ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2874-8569, Mwapasa, Victor, Lalloo, David ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7680-2200, Seeley, Janet and Theobald, Sally ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9053-211X (2015) 'Exploring the complexity of microfinance and HIV in fishing communities on the shores of Lake Malawi'. Review of African Political Economy, Vol 42, Issue 145, pp. 414-436.

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Abstract

This study utilised qualitative research methodology to explore female fish traders’ experiences of accessing microfinance in fishing communities in southern Malawi. Microfinance is a tool that has been used to alleviate poverty. People living in fishing communities in the Global South are at an increased risk of HIV and, equally, microfinance has been identified as a tool to prevent HIV. The authors' research found consistent testimonies of overly short microfinance loan-repayment periods, enforced by the threat of property confiscation. These threats, coupled with gendered power dynamics and the unpredictability of fish catches, left some female fish traders vulnerable to HIV.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: microfinance, HIV, Malawi. fishing community
Subjects: WA Public Health > WA 30 Socioeconomic factors in public health (General)
WA Public Health > Health Problems of Special Population Groups > WA 309 Women's health
WC Communicable Diseases > Virus Diseases > Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. HIV Infections > WC 503 Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. HIV infections
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
Clinical Sciences & International Health > International Public Health Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1080/03056244.2015.1064369
Depositing User: q Moody
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2016 13:36
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2018 13:11
URI: http://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/5643

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