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Women's Development

For women in rural India, life is a struggle – for a decent standard of living and women’s rights. By joining a self-help group women can earn more and take a stand against discrimination and gender violence.

Women have few opportunities. Casual farm work is irregular and poorly paid and the government’s relief work scheme pays even less. But women enrolled in self-help groups can get loans to start small businesses—and earn more. We’ve helped many thousands to take up simple enterprises like keeping backyard cows or running a teashop.


Self-help group loans can also pay for children’s education, medical needs, housing, and to help families through a difficult patch. They are an affordable alternative to doorstep loans that can lead to over-indebtedness.

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