Financializing Poverty: Labor and Risk in Indian Microfinance

Sohini Kar

Financializing Poverty: Labor and Risk in Indian Microfinance

History of Economic Thought,Indian Economic History,Development Economics

Microfinance is the business of giving small, collateral-free loans to poor borrowers that are paid back in frequent intervals with interest. While these for-profit microfinance institutions (MFIs) promise social and economic empowerment, they have mainly succeeded at enfolding the poor—especially women—into the vast circuits of global finance. Financializing Poverty ethnographically examines how the emergence of MFIs has allowed financial institutions in the city of Kolkata, India, to capitalize on the poverty of its residents.

Kar, Sohini. Financializing poverty: Labor and risk in Indian microfinance. Stanford University Press, 2018.