Category Archives: Self Help Groups

Quotas for women in Panchayats

In 1992 the Indian parliament passed the 73rd Amendment to the constitution for rural local bodies (panchayats.) This gave 33% reservation of seats for women in all three tiers of the Panchayati Raj. Questions remain however as to whether or not this affirmative action is sufficient to ensure the participation of women in the public […]

Microcredit: The power and the pitfalls.

Credit and debt “I attended a training on how to run the group and how to save by making timely contributions and returning loans correctly. As a result we initiated a savings scheme and started keeping records. We have now saved 2255 Rs.” Bedi is the president of a Self Help group in Bara Kalajhore […]

The power of the Self-Help Group

I recently returned from visiting our work in India for the first time. It was a truly wonderful and inspiring experience, giving me an even firmer belief in the quality of the work we do and the difference it is making to the lives of people living in rural poverty in India. What particularly struck […]