Social Action Programme – Women Empowerment – OXFAM (INDIA)

Glossary, Women Development, Empowerment and Governance

Social Action Programme – Women Empowerment – OXFAM (INDIA)


The rural poor women were initially identified and organized in to Self – Help Groups consisting not less than 20 women in a group.

RIDO formed more than 6,750 Self – Help Groups (SHGs) in Salem, Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri Districts. Training was conducted for the members of the SHGs on various issues, especially creating awareness about social rights.

The SHGs were formed into Federations at each block, Trainings on Savings, Micro credits, Governance and Entrepreneur development were conducted. Gradually the women released themselves from the clutches of money lenders and have become economically independent.

The role of nationalized banks in these processes is highly appreciable. The women were able to send their children to schools. At many places the women contested and got elected in local panchayats as a Ward member, Councilors, Presidents and Union Chairman.

This is an historical turning point in their lives that ultimately enabled them to run a women’s bank by themselves.