Self-help groups: An evaluation with special reference to Erode district
Dr. M Nirmala
Women empowerment is a continuous process of enabling them to fight the forces that oppress them, provide them equal access to the resources and opportunities and control over the resources. Women empowerment refers to the process by which those women, who have been defined as the ability to make strategic life choices. The term women empowerment refers to a range of socio-economic activities which focus on strengthening the economic position of poor women, creating confidence among them and extending full support for their all-round development. In recent years, women self-help groups have emerged as an effective means of entrepreneurship development among women. Entrepreneurship has a strong potential for socio-economic empowerment of women. Self-Help Groups (SHGs) are increasingly becoming very important method of organizing women to take action and transform their situation. The strength of Self Help Groups is based upon the fact that the people who are facing problems are likely to be the most committed to solve them. Self-help groups are instrumental in developing women empowerment. Self-help groups play an important role in the empowerment of women. In our rapidly growing economy, self-help groups play a pivotal role in women empowerment. Based on the findings, various suggestions have been offered. If suggestions are seriously considered the self-help groups will pave for women empowerment.