Title: A study of the socio-economic status of women via self-help groups in the rural areas of Karnal district in Haryana

Authors: Pratibha; Sanjay Bhayana; Neeraj

Addresses: Department of Food Business Management & E.D., National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, Kundli 131028, Sonipat, Haryana, India ' Department of Food Business Management & E.D., National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, Kundli 131028, Sonipat, Haryana, India ' Department of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management, Kundli 131028, Sonipat, Haryana, India

Abstract: Self-help group (SHG) is an effective and systematic model, which emphasises the community development of socio-economic status and lifestyle of rural area women driven by ongoing process of socialisation. The SHGs approach also promotes the entrepreneurial activities among the women in rural areas. The current study was conducted in Karnal district of Haryana, India. The sample size for this study was 160 SHGs members, which is selected from 40 SHGs. The main objective of this study was to measure the socio-economic status of SHGs members with references to bank-linkage activities, living conditions and livelihood activities. In present study, the maximum participation was shown by newly formed (2014-2017) SHGs, which are working under NRLM and HRLM. The data was analysed using SPSS 20.0 software. The results of present study have indicated that the SHGs members had improved their lifestyle and uplift the socio-economic status in the society after joining the SHGs.

Keywords: SHGs; self-help groups; socio-economic; rural development; women empowerment; entrepreneurship.

DOI: 10.1504/WREMSD.2021.10040140

World Review of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, 2021 Vol.17 No.6, pp.759 - 776

Received: 25 Oct 2019
Accepted: 05 Jul 2020

Published online: 30 Oct 2021 *

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