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Women's Self-Help Groups in Andhra Pradesh-Participatory Poverty Alleviation in Action Image

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Women's Self-Help Groups in Andhra Pradesh-Participatory Poverty Alleviation in Action

Women's Self-Help Groups in Andhra Pradesh-Participatory Poverty Alleviation in Action

Summary

This document studies the effectiveness of Self Help Groups (SHGs) as tools for poverty alleviation and empowerment. It finds that SHGs empower women but that when microcredit is the pivot around which the SHG is formed, its impact is limited. The author goes on to argue that because poverty is a complicated and multidimensional phenomenon, SHGs' effectivness depends on their ability to deliver services beyond finance such as education, health, housing and infrastructure interventions.

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