Women’s Empowerment through Self Help Groups.

d ‘tapan Foundations (N. G. O.)’ has formed several self-help groups in the area. These self-help groups are running in the villages of Agra district of UP. It has successfully organized women in self-help groups at grass-root level. Under this project 400 families belonging to weaker sections are benefited. Now they feel more aware, confident and organized to fight against all types of exploitation. Self-Help Groups have given them voice and courage to speak and stand on their own. This new awakening among women has brough about a new change in their status in community. People now know that women who were silent sufferers yesterday are now united under the banner of the organization. The organization wants to help women generate alternative sources of income. Women are exploited because they are economically dependent on others. Without economic empowerment, social awareness has no meaning at all. It has always kept its focus on capacity building of community. Under this project, the organization has mobilized large number of women belonging to low income groups to engage in various income generating activities through self help groups. The organization helps them get information, training and other supports.

‘tapan Foundations (N. G. O.)’ helped women form self-help groups in Agra. The objective of this programme was to make these women economically self dependent. The women who have joined these self-help groups are now saving money and helping each other. They feel more confident to face all types of challenges in life. These activities given them a sense of pride and dignity. Women are exploited because they are economically dependent on others. Without economic empowerment, social awareness has no meaning at all. Keeping all this in mind, the organization has kept it focus on capacity building of community.‘tapan Foundations (N. G. O.)’ has mobilized a large number of women belonging to low-income groups to form their self-help groups and engage in various income generating activities. The organization helps them by providing information, training and other supports. The project will soon come into full swing when these women start earning for themselves and their families.

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