Self-Help Groups (SHG) were the solution to bridge the financial gap faced by rural women across India.
Background: Self-Help Groups (SHG) were the solution to bridge the financial gap faced by rural women across India. Aiming to support women in their efforts to boost their family income by learning vital financial skills. Today, 67 million Indian women are members of 6 million SHGs in India. Enabling women across communities can have positive impacts on the economy of the country and the world over.
SST’s Efforts on Empowering Women from Rural Communities: Empowering women in rural communities through skill development can enable them to earn and support their families, which can result in enhancing their livelihood and overall wellbeing. Through its continuous endeavour, SST has been working with communities across rural areas in Tamil Nadu through various initiatives. In Thiruvellarai village & Panchayath of Trichy district with SST’s intervention:
- Two SHGs were set up in the village for income generation to supplement the family income of the members
- A total of 25 members of the SHG were trained in skirt manufacturing & nighty stitching with the support of SST
- Provided the women with a rented premise along with tailoring machines for the members and other marketing assistance for the products, which resulted in a turnover of Rs.50000 to Rs.60000 per month, despite a limited number of workers
- Despite challenges faced by the women in securing orders (due to their limitations on travel), the unit is a success and has become a model for other women in the village and neighbouring villages
- This initiative has given the women a sense of purpose and enhanced the family’s incomes in the village
About Srinivasan Services Trust: SST, founded in 1996, focuses on helping villages develop in a holistic and sustainable manner, creating self-reliant communities across six core areas: Economic Development, Health & Sanitation, Health, Infrastructure, Women Empowerment, Education and Environment. SST partners with government bodies, training institutions, NGOs and other policymakers in over five thousand villages across five states to develop skilled and ‘industry ready’ workforce in different sectors. SST works with government agencies to provide training to unemployed young men and women in project villages. Besides providing vocational training courses, SST also arranges for training in soft skills, language classes, etc. It offers 21 types of vocational training courses to the youth in the project villages. SST offers career guidance and counselling to high school graduates while making them independent and financially able. The organization has conducted career guidance programmes in 843 high schools.