Self-Help Groups of Women (SHGs)
One of our earliest initiatives was to catalyse the formation of self-help groups (SHGs). These are self-
managed informal structures of women, living in one residential area.Members put in pre-decided small
amounts of money, on a monthly basis and then use these savings to give loans, in times of need, to
women in the group. A growing number of women have used these loans to start their own small
At present we support over one hundred groups in Bhopkel and Chakan, totalling about 2200 members.
The groups in Pimple Gurav and Kasarwadi now operate independently. To address the increasing number
of loan requests, the women have formed a federation at Bhopkel. Some of the women from these groups
have come together to start Samruddhi, their own credit cooperative society which has over 1500
Through this platform, we also provide training to members of the group, on a range of important issues
such as finance, health and domestic laws and are impacting women at Kasarwadi, Bopkhel as well as
Our partner organisation for the SHG programme is Development Support Team.