ML & JN College, Saharanpur, U.P.
Empowerment and self- dependency of women is necessary for the sustainable and economic development of the country. In this direction, Government has initiated various schemes and policies, for women, specially belonging to rural areas. In India, about 80 per cent of rural women are engaged in agriculture. Therefore, many capacity development programs, easy accessible financial schemes and mentorship units are launched for mainstreaming rural women workforce. Deendayal Antyodaya Yojna – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM) is one of the self-employment & entrepreneurial programs of the Government of India, in which Self- Help Groups are framed at grassroot level to mobilise and promote people for sustainable growth and empower them financially. In these SHG network, at least one-women member from each poor rural families are chosen, thus, an effort is made to enrich each and every deprived households. DAY-NRLM aims to reach out to 9-10 crore rural poor households having long-term support to the community institutions by 2023-24. Saharanpur District stretches between the holy river Ganga and Yamuna, known as Doab region, having rich fertile land, thus making it a hub for various agricultural activities like sugarcane farming, being the main crop grown besides wheat and paddy. Also, horticultural belts of mango & guava spread across the district. Thus, Saharanpur district provides abundant opportunities for agripreneurship, specially for women. This study aims to highlight the entrepreneurs who, with the help of SHG Groups, have tasted success via these vivid agricultural activities. Key Words-