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Wayanad widows: A study of sustainable rural economic development using renewable energy technology for micro enterprise in Kerala, India

  • Year: 2010
  • Author: Voorhees, Maire Claire
  • Journal Name: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses
  • Publisher: Prescott College
  • Published Location: United States -- Arizona
  • ISBN: 9781124377636
  • Country: India
  • State/Region: Kerala

This thesis examines the situation of the farmer widows of Wayanad, Kerala through exploration of the underlying agricultural and economic issues leading to farmers' suicides, the current state of the environment in the Wayanad District of Kerala, India, and an economic model of micro-entrepreneurship to address economic and social issues of the surviving widows. Quantitative and qualitative research methods were performed through the assessment and document analysis of archive, newspaper, and published reports to gain a macro perspective. The Environmental Vulnerability Index was used as a tool to evaluate and organize findings of the current environmental conditions in the region. This thesis supports the sustainability concept of considering the economic, ecological, and social impacts when identifying economic development pathways. The goal was to explore the appropriateness of small household solar systems as vehicle in the micro-enterprise model to be a sustainable alternative economic pathway to agriculture for the farmer widows of Wayanad.

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