Author(s): Hanan E El habeeb, Maruod E Maruod, Mohammed S Elteama
The current study was conducted to investigate the role of North Kordofan Rural Development Project (NKRDP) as a microfinance institution in women development, in Bara Locality. The study depended on primary data that were collected via structure d questionnaire and direct interviewing with respondents. The study used multi - stage random sampling technique while SPSS soft word was run for descriptive measures. The results showed that the project had played a key role in development and skills buildi ng of rural women by training them in, adult education, local food industry and nutrition culture; these activities had positive impacts on women where they had opportunities to increase their income through small projects and to participate in home and pr oject decision making; where 33.8% of them were enrolled in adult education and 73.8% of the them were married which refers to the social stability. The women played an important role in family care, where 46.3% of them were householders and 26.3% of them were village committee members. 71.3% of them were within the active age group; which refers to the contribution of women in bringing domestic income and 97.5% of them used the micro - finance in sheep breeding and small projects such as; weaving and food in dustry. 95% of them practiced agriculture as main occupation and 67.5% of them owned agricultural land. 91.3% had achieved profits from their investments and their average saving size was SDG 1296.67. The average income was SDG 1012.5 and 2837.5, and the a verage expenditures were, 1250 and 1050 before and after the project respectively. This makes an increment in income by 180% and decrement in expenditure by 16%. Also 56.3% had repaid their loans in time. 25% of them have children dropped out of school. 66 .3% used to buy drinking water and 68.8% of them used to fetch water and firewood themselves. The study findings concluded that, more wells and water yards have to be established to solve the water problem in the study area.