African Journal of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development Vol. 1 (1), pp. 001-007, September, 2013. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

Determinants of women’s participation in microfinance services: empirical evidence from Rural Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

Dereje Kifle1, Yenenesh Tadesse2, Sisay Belay3 and Jemal Yousuf4

1, 2, 3Department of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension, Haramaya University, Ethiopia.

4Assistant Professor and Head, Department of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension, Haramaya University, Ethiopia.

*Corresponding  author. E-mail: belaysisay@gmail.com

Accepted 26 July, 2013

Abstract

This study intended to identify the potential determinants of women’s participation decision in microfinance services in Rural Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. 203 participants were selected and stratified into users (151) and non-users (52). The survey data was analyzed using descriptive statistics like chi-square test and T-test. Binary probit regression model was also fitted. The study revealed that amount of monthly saving; family size and landholding in hectares were the significant determinants of the women’s participation decisions on microfinance services. Therefore, the study concluded that creating an enabling land access institutions and capital asset accumulation were priority strategy for microfinance development.

Key words: Women’s participation, microfinance services, Rural Dire Dawa, Ethiopia,decisions.