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Self Help Groups serve as an important tool for economic empowerment through the process of savings and credit linkages. In this way the women are enabled to contribute to their household economy, increasing their bargaining power within the household.
Thus, Self Help Groups have transferred real economic power into the hands of women, which has considerably reduced their dependence on men. In times of crisis they are able to deliver financial help to their husbands.
* ARD believes in the philosophy that to empower a single woman is to empower the society in turn.
Social empowerment forms
an integral component in the functioning of SHG. In the SHG meetings,
different issues relating to domestic violence, Right To Information
and child rights are discussed.
Self Help Groups have incorporated a code of conduct that members are encouraged to follow in their daily life e.g. production of fruits and vegetables in kitchen gardens, investment for improvement of housing and education for children, use of latrines and safe drinking water for better health, rejection of dowry in marriages etc
For the first time, the women are now coming out of their house and are interacting actively with various government and bank officials.
Economic empowerment triggers social empowerment and social empowerment triggers political empowerment.
Academy of Root Development is a not-for-profit charitable organisation that aims to bring equity and opportunity to rural villages in Bihar, India