chapter  6
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Empowerment through self-employment in rural areas: the role of ICT and SHGs


Usually, a self-help group (SHG) is defi ned as ‘A small economically homogeneous and affi nity group of rural poor, voluntarily formed to share and mutually agree to contribute to a common fund provided to its members as per group decision’. The members are linked by a common bond like caste, subcaste, blood, community, place of origin or activity in these ‘natural groups’. The SHGs provide the benefi ts of economies in certain areas of production process by undertaking common action programmes like promoting democratic culture, fostering an entrepreneurial culture providing a fi rm base for dialogue and cooperation in programme with other institutions and processing credibility and power to ensure participation and individual members’ management capacity.