On borrowed time The limits of informal credit for livelihood security in Herat, Afghanistan

On borrowed time The limits of informal credit for livelihood security in Herat, Afghanistan

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Authors Tom Shaw, Ihsanullah Ghafoori
Type Working Paper
Theme The Afghan Parliament: Constitutional Mandate versus the Practice in the Post 2001 Context
Language English
Date of Publication May 15, 2019
Total Pages 40
Available In English
Description
Within Afghanistan’s deeply socially embedded economy, informal credit is a key mechanism through which markets operate and through which the distributional economy provides access to land, labour and income for rural households. This study undertakes an in-depth examination of informal credit practices in two villages in Herat that differ in size and economy, exploring how credit operates. In particular, it looks at the ways in which credit is used and negotiated, its interaction with livelihood churning, how credit mechanisms are gendered and the extent to which social relations are underpinned by informal credit.

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