Self help group (SHGs) formed in rural India operate on the principles of mutual trust, co-operation and interdependence. Membership is offered to women living in poverty who “fall through the cracks” when it comes to accessing traditional loans in order to finance a business venture. These women may lack collateral, be disabled in some way, widowed, or considered a Dalit (previously known as an “untouchable.”) As they band into partnership, business training and support is offered to ensure their best chance of success. Leaders are selected from members of the group. The SHG members support each other and help each other lift themselves above the poverty line.
Right Sharing of World Resources (RSWR) is a program of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) supporting grassroots projects for economic development and offering educational materials for the study of the lives of the poor, the lives of the rich, and the spiritual meaning of both.
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