Article Id: ARCC5361 | Page : 178 - 183
Citation :- EMPOWERMENT OFWOMEN THROUGH SELF HELP GROUPS IN PUNJAB.Asian Journal Of Dairy and Food Research.2005.(24):178 - 183
V. Randhawa and Sukhdeep Kaur Mann
Address : Department of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana - 141 004, India


The present study was planned to explore income generating activities promoted by different self-help group (SHG), their problems and the overall impact on women empowerment. In all 888 women from 74 randomly selected blocks comprised the sample. Interview schedule was used to collect data. The results revealed significant improvement in mobility, financial position, decision making, confidence level and asset acquisition of members after joining the group. However, no Significant improvement was observed as far as acquisition of technical skills and financial decision making role of SHG members was concerned. In all women adopted 17 enterprises with khes making, embroidery, knitting, tailoring and detergent making being most preferred. The least preferred enterprises included beauty parlour, STD booth and tea stall/dhaba. The major problems faced included; excessive stress and tension, high interest rzte on bank loan and heavy responsibilities. The least faced problem was high cost of production. The study concluded that SHG strategy helped in empowering poor women through various income generating ventures in rural areas of Punjab.



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