Vol. 3, Issue 5 (2018)
Empowering self-help group through women empowerment cell SKUAST-Kashmir: A case study
Author(s): Poonam Sharma, Tabasum Ara, Afshan Gul, Farah Naz Rasool
Abstract: Micro enterprise is an effective instrument of social and economic development. The rural women are engaged in small scale entrepreneurship programs with the help of self hep groups and through that they were economically empowered and attaining status in family and community. Rural women play a significant role by their effectual and competent involvement in entrepreneurial activities as they possess abundant resources to take up the enterprise. Most of the rural girls/women after training were doing the tailoring job for them or working in nearby boutique to earn stitching charges as wages. In this context after discussing with women and telling them about the concept of SHG, several women were convinced and a SHG of 12 women members started a boutique. Besides tailoring they started several other entrepreneurial activities. Thus Self-help group resulted in improving socio-economic status, leadership skills, inculcated greater confidence and encouraged women to continue being the member of the self-help group.