The Formation of Bridging and Bonding Social Capital to Empower Mothers from Low-income Families

Anif Fatma Chawa


This article presents empirical findings of research seeking to explore the formation of social capital in community development practice, that exhibits a model or mechanism by which social capital can be formed and maintained. This study also depicts how the empowerment objective can be achieved through this form of social capital. The result of this study found that the grouping mechanism established by local community development organization, namely Posdaya, has led to the formation and strengthening of social capital. The members of Posdaya have been grouped based the similarities of their interests, such as hobbies, talents, and professions. This study highlights the fact that this social capital has given rise to collective participation of the Posdaya members by sharing their knowledge, skills, and information; and finding solutions to their development problems with minimum outside intervention. These mutual and collective actions can be considered part of the self-help principle which has succeeded in empowering the members of Posdaya.

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International Journal of Social Science Studies   ISSN 2324-8033 (Print)   ISSN 2324-8041 (Online)

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