Women involved in grassroot socio-economic transformation programme experience a number of marital-related stressors which produce strain symptoms that function as predictors of their ineffectiveness in local development initiatives. This finding was made from this study which examined the existing influence among marital characteristics symptoms of stress such as child care, domestic chores and marital crisis or discord. The multi-stage sampling procedure (involving stratified, simple random and systematic) were adopted to select married women who participated in the study. Data were collected using both questionnaires and interviews, analysed using ANOVA. It was concluded that women see child care as their own responsibility and do not perceive the demand of child bearing as a burden; the sharing of domestic chores among older children and house help make it easier for women to be effective in grassroot socio-economic programmes. However, the study indicated that stress arising from marital discord hinder women effectiveness in being committed to development related initiatives.