Title: Impact of SHGs on social, economic and political women empowerment: a case study of Ghaziabad District, India

Authors: Shalini Aggarwal; Rudra Rameshwar; Anurag Pahuja

Addresses: Chandigarh University, Gharuan, Punjab, India ' L.M. Thapar School of Management, Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (Deemed-to-be-University), Patiala, Punjab, India ' Accurate Institute of Management and Technology, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

Abstract: In India, the Self-Help Groups (SHGs) are playing a commendable role in poverty alleviation by reaching out to the poor rural women which forms the major percentage of their membership. These groups are determined to eradicate poverty from the country as these are truly active at the grass root level. An effort has been made to survey 388 respondents from four blocks of Ghaziabad district to find the impact of SHGs on the rural women at three unique levels namely social, economical and political. The study at hand reveals that women have become more authoritative socially and cost-effectively yet there is still the scope of upgrading with respect to Political empowerment. The members of SHGs in have become more confident and independent decision makers to a considerable extent.

Keywords: SHG; self-help groups; women empowerment; social empowerment; economic environment.

DOI: 10.1504/WREMSD.2021.114434

World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, 2021 Vol.17 No.2/3, pp.276 - 290

Received: 19 Jun 2019
Accepted: 13 Jan 2020

Published online: 15 Apr 2021 *

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