|dc.description.abstract||This thesis focuses on women and development. Microfinance is a tool that has been
used to bring people out of poverty, but also as a tool used to empower women, and
through this improve women’s self-perception. Studies done on women and
empowerment claim that microfinance has an empowering effect on women involved.
I am interested in what the relationship between women’s participation in
microfinance programs and their self-perception is. To find an answer to this research
problem, I have chosen to do an empirical study that focuses on the women’s own
views on this relationship.
My interest lies in the women’s own thoughts and feelings, and how, and whether,
they feel microfinance has affected how they see themselves and feel about
themselves. To study this, I have done a field study in Ganja, Azerbaijan, and
interviewed women involved in Viator Microcredit Bank there. My research question
has thus been: How do women involved in a microfinance program in Ganja,
Azerbaijan perceive the relationship between their self-perception and their
This research is meant to be a contribution to the field of women and development,
where I give women a voice and an opportunity to give their opinion of how
microfinance, as a development tool, has an impact on their lives and their well-being.
In this introductory chapter of my thesis, I will give a more detailed description of my
research problem and research question, to give the reader a better understanding of
what is being studied. I will also give a presentation of why I have chosen to do this
study, and why I chose Ganja, Azerbaijan as the location for the study. Following
this, I will give an explanation of the theory and method I have used to answer my
research problem, and at the end I will give an outline of the following chapters.||nb_NO