Self Help Group: An Effective Approach for Empowerment of Women

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  • Lakhwinder Kaur , R. K. Kalra and R.K.Dhaliwal


The present study focussed on the economic, social and managerial impacts of self help groups on empowering women.
The study was conducted in three cultural zones of Punjab. A sample of 200 members of self help groups belonging to
these zones were the respondents of the study. An interview schedule was used to document the impact of self help groups.
The findings of the study clearly revealed economic empowerment of rural women. The economic benefits gained from
enrolling in the groups were 'higher price of their products instead of selling individually' (91%) and 'understood banking
operations to avail credit facility' (81.50%). A large number of women in Punjab developed 'courage to think
independently' (99.50%), 'understood group activities' (96%) and 'managed group activities' (95.50%) after joining the
group. Furthermore the social empowerment of the members in terms of team spirit (97%), talking freely within family
(94%), confidence in dealing with people (95.50%) were enhanced. It indicates that self help groups bring economic
upliftment, leadership skills in managing the group and inculcate great confidence in the members of selected groups to
succeed in their day to day life.






How to Cite

Self Help Group: An Effective Approach for Empowerment of Women. (2014). Indian Journal of Extension Education, 50(3&4), 23-27.