Dr. Vineet and Prem Kumar
The research utilizes a combination of exploratory and descriptive research design, and data is gathered through interview-schedule, observation, and already existing literature i.e. secondary sources. Through stratified random sampling, a sample of 408 participants was chosen from the target population. The result of study is that majority of surveyed members, 76.7%, reported positive cooperation from their families in participating in self-help groups, social status and their education improved after joining SHGs. Majority of respondents from various villages (76.2%) described that their self-help groups (SHGs) were taking decisions by the majority. The majority of members understands the importance of sanitary toilets and convinced their families to construct them and also took out a loan from the SHGs to construct toilets in their houses. The results of a survey on the effectiveness of Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in empowering women show mixed opinions. Additionally, 52.7% of the members reported an increase in vehicle availability and freedom of movement after joining SHGs. Before joining SHGs, the members had limited social interactions and opportunities but after joining SHGs, 64.6% of members reported purchasing mobile phones, indicating an increase in their ability to connect with the outside world. 76% of respondents reported an increase in their confidence level after joining SHGs. Majority of respondents (78.3%) reported that the behavior of their family members towards them improved after they joined Self-Help Groups (SHGs).
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