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Women Self-Help Groups and Telangana Mahila Shakti



  Mar 13, 2024

Women Self-Help Groups and Telangana Mahila Shakti


1. What is a Self-Help Group (SHG)?

A Self-Help Group (SHG) is a community-based financial intermediary committee usually composed of 10-20 local women or men. Members make small regular savings contributions over a few months until there’s enough capital in the group to begin lending. SHGs primarily focus on financial intermediation, but they also provide a platform for members to pool resources to meet emergency needs, purchase assets, or invest in business ventures.
 

2. How do SHGs empower women?

SHGs empower women by providing them access to savings and credit facilities, which is often a challenge in traditional banking systems. These groups enable women to become economically independent and gain confidence through collective decision-making processes. Empowerment also comes from the education, training, and social awareness activities that accompany SHG membership, leading to improved status within their homes and communities.
 

3. What is the ‘Telangana Mahila Shakti’ scheme?

The ‘Telangana Mahila Shakti’ scheme is a government initiative designed to uplift and empower women SHG members in Telangana. It aims to provide infrastructure, such as stalls for selling SHG-produced goods, training, financial assistance, and other support to enhance the livelihoods of women participating in SHGs. The scheme focuses on increasing SHG membership and ensuring prosperity for its members.
 

4. How will the establishment of 100 stalls benefit women SHGs?

The establishment of 100 stalls near Shilparamam in Hyderabad will provide a dedicated and visible platform for women SHGs to sell their produce and products directly to the public. This will not only increase their sales and income but also raise awareness of SHG activities. The stalls act as a physical representation of women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment, facilitating greater economic independence and community recognition.
 

5. What goals has the Telangana government set for SHG membership and prosperity?

The Telangana government aims to significantly expand SHG membership, surpassing the one crore (10 million) mark. Additionally, it seeks to ensure that each SHG member achieves prosperity within five years. This involves not just financial prosperity but also social and educational advancement, contributing to the overall empowerment of women across the state.
 

6. How significant are SHGs in rural and semi-urban areas?

In rural and semi-urban areas, SHGs play a crucial role in socio-economic development. They provide accessible financial services, support small and micro-enterprises, and encourage community-led development projects. SHGs are instrumental in promoting financial inclusion, women’s empowerment, and poverty reduction, making them a vital component of rural and semi-urban socio-economic ecosystems.


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