A State of the Art of Self Help Groups in India

S. Singh, G.T.P. Ruivenkamp, J.P. Jongerden

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This paper considers the strategies of self help group for micro-enterprise development in rural areas. It seeks to answer the question of whether and under which conditions self help groups are an effective vehicle for organizing and representing local people in the development of community based micro-enterprises. Focusing particularly on examples from India in the context of food as a local resource, special attention is paid to success and failure factors of self help groups. While self help group strategies have been applied in the past as a blind replication of success models without considering the intricacies involved in group formation, success of self help groups is based on a thorough understanding of local conditions and possibilities to intervene.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-102
JournalJournal of Human Ecology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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