Informal Networks of Religious Women and Social Economy
This chapter presents the result of fieldwork, individual and group interviews, and in some cases presents the participant voice. There is a tendency to view Islamic women as victims and their role in society as non-existent. In this chapter, the reader is exposed to an informal, micro and community-based, poverty reduction effort by these women to fill the gap between what the government programs offer and the needs of communities. The focus on the invisible network of Islamic women seeks to highlight invisible, micro and informal, community building and communal care carried out by women.