A comparative study of Self-Help Groups on women empowerment and the development of financial growth between two sanghas in the district of Purba Bardhaman in West Bengal.
Pameli Debnath, Dr. Abhijit Pakira
SHG, NGOs, Sangha, Society, women empowerment, Economic development.
Women empowerment is now a widely debated term, and the impact of the empowerment idea can also be observed in developing countries like India. By explaining its dimensions including economic, socio-cultural, family/interpersonal, legal and political aspects, as well as the psychological well-being of individuals, groups and societies, scholars have defined the concept of women empowerment. The literature points to the possibilities of empowering women by providing them with economic freedom, enhanced well-being and social and political growth. This is achievable by allowing them access to savings and credit, encouraging greater economic position in decision-making, maximizing the wellbeing of families, enhancing women's expertise, autonomy, information and networking help. In order to tackle the problem of deprivation and encourage the society to better their quality of life, "Self-Help Groups" (SHGs) arose as an empowerment and financial paradigm that aimed in particular at mobilizing women in rural areas. The main purpose of this article is to explore how self-help groups work and how they serve poor women in rural areas of Kalna Block I (Progoti Sangha and Sandhan Sangha), Purba Bardhman District, West Bengal. It is intended to provide a study of how such groups act as a support or financial model for women in this particular district, as well as a comparative study of two sanghas to determine which has worked best in women empowerment. We used the Welch Two Sample t-test to compare the fanatical transactions of two sanghas. In the instance of a financial transaction, it is expected that the number of SHG will be unequal (unequal variances) in both sangha, and the mean value of that transaction will differ, indicating that the null hypothesis is false and the alternative hypothesis is true. Thus, Welch Two Sample t-test(modification of Student’s t-test)is used in this study. This comparative analysis reveals that Progoti Sangha outperforms Sandhan Sangha in terms of women empowerment and financial development.
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Unique Paper ID: 159060

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 9, Issue 11

Page(s): 384 - 395
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