Program Interventions

Women´s Empowerment

Aims and Objective:

Women´s development has been a special area of focus in the programs of MITTRA. Efforts are taken to bring women together, organize them in self-help groups (SHG) and seek empowerment of women through trainings, study tours and regular facilitation through meetings.

SHG is at the centre of women´s development. Efforts are being made to resolve women´s problems through SHGs. Empowerment of SHGs leads to improvement in areas of health, credit supply, increased income, and drudgery reduction.

Women Empowerment refers to the creation of an environment for women where they can make decisions of their own for their personal benefits as well as for the society. It refers to increasing and improving the social, economic, political and legal strength of the women, to ensure equal-right to women, and to make them confident enough to claim their rights.
Women’s empowerment can be achieved only when there is social change in favor of women. The overall objective is to strengthen processes that create an environment for social change.
In general following activities are undertaken for women’s empowerment.

  • Formation and strengthening of SHGs.
  • Training programmes and exposure visits for capacity building.
  • Convergence with financial institutions for credit support to income generation activities.
  • Awareness generation on various social issues.



  • Activities Prior to SHG Formation: Before a group is formed, a survey of economic conditions of village families, their management, natural resources of the village, and problems faced by women, is conducted with help of the women.
  • SHG Formation: Importance of SHG is explained to villagers through meetings and home visits. SHGs of 10 to 12 women each are formed. A president and a secretary are selected for each SHG. Guidance is provided for preparing rules and norms regarding functioning of the SHG and record keeping.
  • Consistency: For development of collective decision making, regular monthly meetings, issuing internal loans, observance of rules are all necessary and MITTRA helps and ensures this. Members are trained to make decisions and implement them. Income generating activity programs are also conducted. As a result of all this, the SHG takes roots and some, who become strong, even take up important issues like prohibition of alcohol in village, cleanliness, safe drinking water, etc.

Status as of March 2016


Number (Cumulative)

Self Help Groups (SHGs)

Currently working with 1410 SHGs, Only Livelihood plan has been prepared with 700 SHGs

Region wise performance is as follows :


Families benefiting









North Maharashtra




Sailent achievements are :

  1. Livelihood plan has been prepared for 4000 female members at Palghar & Nandurbar under MSRLM Project
  2. Tejasvita Project supported  by BAIF & MITTRA for strengthening SHG - Village level Committees (VLCs) and Federation at Trimbakeshwar & planned for Jawhar next year. It is through internal support of  BAIF and MITTRA
  3. 1607 farmers’ groups having common interest about commodities such as grain,  vegetable, fruits  are formed in Nashik, Nandurbar, Dhule, Jalgaon. Company formation is in process
  4. NABARD has sanctioned it’s support for Registration of  Eight (8) Farmer’s Producer Companies under Producer Companies Act, 1956.
  5. We are working with  more than 250  ‘Woman Headed Family’ under different projects