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SHGs and Microfinance: A Research Compendium

N. Lalitha (Author)
Synopsis Change agents in economic and social spheres are as important as economic and sociological theories. Yet, so little is known about them. Rarely women as change agents and entrepreneurs are written about and almost never the rural women as economic and social entrepreneurs. However, a change is visible in the field of researches on women, with the offshoot of Self Help Groups (SHGs) as the saviour of the poor. There started a flood of research studies by the research scholars, academicians, government agencies, bankers and international agencies. Women SHG members as individual/collective entrepreneurs, their leadership style, their spread effect and spin off effects, impact of microfinance on quality of life, empowerment of women--all these aspects have been critically analyzed, juxtaposed against their global counterparts; structural and organizational aspects of micro finance institutions also have been examined in detail. While many such studies are functional oriented, others are empowerment oriented, quite a few outreach oriented, some focused on comparative models of micro finance and others are impact studies. Of late, a paradigm shift is noticed towards identifying indicators and perfecting the methodologies for impact studies. The present compendium documents the growing literature in the field which may be helpful for the researchers, to identify the virgin field, awaiting fresh initiatives and in sharpening their methodological issues.
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About the author

N. Lalitha

Dr. N. Lalitha holds M.A. degrees in Economics, Women’s studies and Gandhian thought, M.Ed., M.Phil and Ph.D. in Economics. She won Medal for securing first rank in M.A. (Women’s studies) at Mother Teresa Women’s University, Kodaikanal. Presently, Reader in the Faculty of Rural Development, Gandhigram rural Institute (D.U.) Gandhigram, she has presented papers in several International, National and Regional seminars and workshops. A seasoned teacher having nearly one and half decade of professional standing, she is the author of many research papers, articles, monographs and books on a variety of issues relating to empowerment of women, self help groups, micro credit, rural women and Rural Development. She has been involved in development projects with emphasis on alternate credit delivery systems and women’s empowerment. She has undertaken projects on women self help groups, women co-operatives and women in poverty alleviation programmes. She has been guiding scholars working for M.Phil and Ph.D. degree. She is in the network of Non Governmental SHG Federations. She has been involved in developmental projects with emphasis on alternate credit delivery systems. Currently, she is running an Action research project on Self Help Groups and Self Help promoting Institutions funded by CAPART and a research project on Micro credit Intervention and Women Empowerment funded by ICSSR.

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Title SHGs and Microfinance: A Research Compendium
Author N. Lalitha
Format Hardcover
Date published: 25.09.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178885344
length xxiv+246p.