Document Type: Original Article


Associate Professor of Sociology, Rajshahi University, Rajshahi, Bangladesh


This paper is an attempt to focus on dilemma about whether micro finance program has any impact on poverty alleviation in Bangladesh. Exploring the linkage of being a recipient of micro finance with improving health conditions was the main purpose. Information was collected through individual interviews of micro finance recipients in a certain area of the Northern Bangladesh. It has been found that micro finance program has been able to improve recipients’ hygienic knowledge. The number of people cleaning both hands before taking meals, using clean water during cooking and drinking arsenic free water found mainly rising. Accordingly as suggested, it may be possible to improve health conditions of the poor by increasing their accessibility to micro finance programs which have facilities for dispensing healthcare services.

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