A Study on Influence of Group Characteristics on Empowerment of Women through Self Help Groups in A.P.

M.Preethi B.Jamuna Rani and M.Prasuna

Abstract


Experiences from world over have shown that provision of credit, promotion of enterprise creation and income
generating activities among women, especially in groups would transform them from ‘being alive’ to ‘living with
dignity’. Micro-Finance as a tool of poverty alleviation and women empowerment has gained acceptance in
development for both consumption and production purposes. It is also an accepted fact that the success of SHGs as
a development tool depends on the availability of micro finance. Hence, the present study was designed to study the
Empowerment of women through micro finance activities, and influence of group characteristics on the empowerment
in three regions of Andhra Pradesh having highest number of SHGs in operation. 10 women from each village
making a total of 240 women were selected by simple random sampling method. Results revealed that the half of the
respondents (50.00%) were in medium category of overall empowerment in three districts revealed that followed by
44.58 per cent in high category and only 5.42 per cent in low category The computed `F’ value is 46.64. Hence, it
can be concluded that all the variables taken for the study together explained a significant amount of variation in
the empowerment of SHG women.


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