Self-Help Groups (SHGs) are becoming the important platform for integrating people.
SERP identified the existing SHGs potential for integrating people. Self-help groups
are geared for mutual support, information, and growth. Self-help is based on the
premise that people with a shared condition who come together can help themselves
and each other to cope with the social challenges they face.
SHGs are integrating the low income segments with rest of the rural community by
ensuring them a better participation in a more equitable share in the benefit of
developments. These Groups are not only speeding up economic growth, but also providing
jobs and improving the quality of rural life towards self-reliance. Self-employment
needs a very wide ranging and comprehensive set of activities, relevant to all aspects
of rural economy and covering rural people including skilled, unskilled and landless
labours and artisans of Rural India. Even though the Rural Indians put their entrepreneurial
skills in all the rural development activities their economic status has not improved
to the expected level. Although they have much potential; they are ignorant of converting
their skills into reality.SHGs have been a unique approach to gain financial security
among the members. The approach combines access to low-interest financial services
with a process of self management and mutual support system who are SHG members.