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Can Microfinance Empower Women? Self-Help Groups in India
by Ranjula Bali Swain
World Region: South Asia
This article analyzes the impact of self-help groups (SHGs) on women’s empowerment in India. It interprets the World Bank’s definition of empowerment in the South Asian context, and argues that empowerment occurs when women challenge existing norms to effectively improve their well-being.The article states that SHGs, where a majority of groups are linked through NGOs that provide technical and financial support, have a greater ability to empower women compared to minimalist microfinance programs. SHGs can ensure lasting empowerment by placing greater emphasis on training, education and awareness-building.