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Womens Empowerment through SHGs: Intervention and Imperatives

Social Work Chronicle

Volume 3 Issue 1/2

Published: 2014
Author(s) Name: Tattwamasi Paltasingh | Author(s) Affiliation: Asso Prof, Sardar Patel Inst of Eco and Social Res,Thaltej, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
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Abstract

The emergence of Self-help Group (SHG) is more than two decades old in India. The SHGs have played an important role in hastening the countrys economic development. The SHGs are considered to be the vehicle of change for the poor and marginalized. In India the SHG approach is an integral part of all the community development projects. SHGs having mainly women members is an implication that it is meant for womens economic participation that can further contribute countrys economic development. Against this backdrop the paper attempts to examine the role of SHG in enhancing womens status. The growth and evolution of SHGs across Indian states is discussed in the paper. The SHGs may not be an exclusive empowering agency, it can have other stories too. The paper also highlights the SHG-bank linkage and bottlenecks in the implementation of such initiatives. Policy measures has been recommended in the concluding section that can contribute to womens empowerment .

Keywords: SHGs, India, Growth, Empowerment, Intervention, Women

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