Self Help Groups or SHGs have been working as vehicles of economic self sustenance and socio-cultural empowerment of poor and low income groups, especially rural women over last three decades. In the emerging scenario of a For-Profit Social Enterprise, SHGs may prove to be important and useful partners in building inclusive yet profitable ventures to alleviate poverty and deliver sustainable solutions.
A little more than 48% of rural population in India are women, who constitute 30.8 per cent of the rural work force. 71 per cent of women in this work force work as agricultural labourers, besides all of them providing food, water, feed, fodder, fibre and fuel, child care, elderly care along with complex multiple household chores, Yet they do not feature as economically productive in India’s socio-economic ecosystem and are deprived of all rights to education, property, life supporting resource and right to make life decisions. This International Day of rural women, we question, why?