Merry Pertin, Mary N. Odyuo and J. Longkumer
School of Agricultural sciences. Medziphema campus, Nagaland University. Nagaland
Arunachal Pradesh was declared as 24th state of India on 20th of February 1987 and is the largest state in the North-Eastern Region of India. Generally, women of Arunachal Pradesh are known to be hardworking, supportive and they are always on the move to generate income for their financial independence. Generally, women of Arunachal Pradesh are known to be hardworking, supportive and they are always on the move to generate income for their financial independence. Nowadays the concept of SHG is well known to almost every household in Arunachal Pradesh and rural women are actively involved in their own SHGs. Therefore, a study was conducted in Arunachal Pradesh to understand the impact of SHG on economic empowerment of rural women. A total of 20 SHGs 6 villages under Mariyang-Mopom block of Upper Siang District, viz., Bomi, Damroh, Mariyang, Milang, New Milang and Sibuk were selected randomly for the present study. Six members from each SHGs were selected randomly making a sample size of 120 respondents, respectively. Based on the findings of the study, there was an average growth of ₹12300.04 in their annual income with an average increment of ₹6279.96 in their annual savings after joining SHG. Economic empowerment through SHGs were found to be highest (99.17 per cent of the respondents) in ‘increase in saving amount’; 90 per cent of respondents had improvement in living standard, access to credit and economic contribution in the household; 85.83 per cent of respondents had empowerment in handling finance in the family; 75.83 per cent of respondents showed empowerment in decision making ability; 55.83 per cent of the respondents had better repayment of loan. There was improvement in medical and better education accessibility by the respondents after the intervention of SHG.