Self-help groups empower rural women in Chennai

March 18th, 2009 - 7:43 pm ICT by ANI  

By Jai Kumar
Chennai, Mar 18 (ANI): Self-help groups (SHGs) in Tamil Nadu are helping rural women become self-reliant by opening new employment avenues.
With help from the State and Central Governments, women residing in Krishnagiri District in Tamil Nadu have set up cottage industries to make various items ranging from soft toys to beautiful accessories.
Workers involved with the SHGs are earning a decent sum for their livelihood.
“We, a group of 20 women make toys and other items here. We received a daily income of rupees 100 to 110 and monthly income goes up to rupees 3000. With the help of Central government’’s assistance we have also developed economically,” said Kala, a worker.
They are also given expert vocational training in latest designs and patterns of making soft toys and fancy accessories.
“We have been doing this implementation project in rural and urban areas. … for below poverty line, disability and minority groups,” said, Arumugam, Assistant Project Officer, SHG.
Besides, the SHGs organise regular exhibitions where items made by these women are put on display. (ANI)

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