Women empowerment through hardship reduction, literacy, gender sensitisation and capacity building, is an integral part of all the programmes with focus on credit, income generation and social development activities. 4943 Self Help Groups (SHGs) with their Block level Federations have been promoted through various programmes spread over 9 states. These groups have collectively saved Rs. 8.76 crores and accessed cumulative credit to the tune of Rs. 14.04 crores. 1909 groups are linked to banks to avail additional credit to meet their consumption needs and for promotion of various micro-enterprises. Many of the members of SHGs are actively involved in the Panchayati Raj activities.

The empowerment of socio economically disadvantaged women under the Yashaswini Project, has led to assured source of livelihood. During the year, a comprehensive course on livelihood and life skills training was organised for 17 women. Additional short-duration course on livelihood skills was organised for 19 women and another short-duration course on community development was organised for 24 women, thereby empowering 60 Yashaswini women during the year.

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