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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 7, Issue:10, October, 2018

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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2018.7(10): 3048-3052

Empowerment of Rural Women through Self Help Groups
Sarah Kamala and Uma Jyothi
All India Coordinated Research Project on Home Science Department of Extension, Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
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Empowerment is a process that helps people gain control over their own lives, communities and society. It is also a process, which enables one to realise his or her identity and power in all aspects of life. Empowerment occurs within, the factors- social, economic, political, personal, familial, and cultural at various spheres. In a period of time there are visible signs of empowerment of women due to the formation of Self Help Groups. Thousands of the poor and the marginalized population in India are building their lives, their families and their society through Self-help groups. Self-help Groups have been playing considerable role in exercise of infrastructure development, marketing and technology support, communication level of members, self confidence among members, family violence, interaction with outsiders, saving pattern of SHG members, change in the cumulative saving pattern of SHG members per month, involvement in politics, involvement in community activities, etc. The confidence level of women, who are illiterate, has gone up substantially. In terms of economics, women are now able to help their counterparts through agricultural season, family business, children educations, marriages, and many other house hold necessaries. The main aim of this paper is to examine the Role of Self-help Groups in Socio-psychological, economic and political development of women involved in SHGs. It analyses the present status of SHGs in terms of economic political and social empowerment succeeding involvement of women with the Self Help Groups. All the groups studied were working at least since five and more years and contributed a lot to its members. Being the members of self-help groups, majority of respondents reported an increase in self-confidence, self-esteem and participation in decision making, capacity building etc. i.e. improvement in psychological and social aspects along with the fruitful financial self-dependency.

Keywords: Empowerment, Self Help groups

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Sarah Kamala and Uma Jyothi. 2018. Empowerment of Rural Women through Self Help Groups.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 7(10): 3048-3052. doi:
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