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Keywords:

  • Asia;
  • India;
  • microfinance;
  • impact studies;
  • training;
  • self-help groups
  • G21;
  • I32;
  • O12

Abstract

We evaluate the effect of delivery mechanisms for training provided by facilitators of self-help groups. Indian self-help groups are unique in that they are mainly non-government organisation–formed microfinance groups but later funded by commercial banks. We correct for both membership and training endogeneity. Training impacts assets but not income. Underlying conditions that benefit training include better infrastructure (as in paved roads), linkage model type and training organiser. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.