Rojiroti
PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD DEVELOPMENT
       


 

Recent publications on the impact of Rojiroti’s work are:

Rojiroti microfinance and child nutrition
A joint research project led by The University of Nottingham in the UK aimed to evaluate the impact of Rojiroti on child health. Records of weight-for- age and height-for-age of children under 5 years old of women Rojiroti members were compared with those with children in control households. This has led to the clear conclusion that access to Rojiroti microfinance is associated with an improvement child health and nutrition. The full report of this project appeared recently in the British Medical Journal:
 https://adc.bmj.com/content/early/2019/10/10/archdischild-2018-316471

Microfinance for the marginalized: impact of the Rojiroti approach
A detailed account of the Rojiroti model for establishing women’s self-help groups (SHGs) and enabling them to access microfinance is given in the article below which also analyses panel data of 740 new SHG members and 340 women in matched control sites. This shows significant gains for Rojiroti borrowers in assets, children’s education, empowerment, and domestic violence among other indicators. Comparison with longer-standing SHGs (36 months plus) helps to explain how the borrowing patterns of poor and marginalized SHG members evolve:
https://www.developmentbookshelf.com/doi/abs/10.3362/1755-1986.17-00011

Has Rojiroti microfinance led to a reduction in domestic violence?
Reports to Rojiroti field workers from self-help group members indicate they experience a decline in domestic violence as they access microfinance that leads to livelihood improvement for their whole households. But this contradicts much of the existing literature on this topic. This article reports on a detailed analysis of this literature plus a field study (in July 2015) which involved wide-ranging qualitative interviews with members of16 Rojiroti self-help groups. Its conclusion is that the specific approach to microfinance by Rojiroti is, in its context, successful in reducing rates of domestic violence: 
https://www.developmentbookshelf.com/doi/full/10.3362/1755-1986.2016.015