Tamil Nadu Women Development Project: Tamil Nadu

Details of Tamil Nadu Women Development Project
Name of the SchemeTamil Nadu Women Development Project
Sponsored byState Government
Ministry/DepartmentSocial Welfare and Nutritious Meal Programme Department
DescriptionThis Project, more popularly known as Mahalir Thittam, is implemented with the support of Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Banks and is functioning through a network of Women Self Help Groups (SHGs), established and monitored with the assistance of NGOs. The project also plans for the growth of SHG movement with a view to promote sustainability combined with the deepening of coverage at habitations and ward and slums in urban areas. Under the project, members of matured Self Help Groups ready to absorb loans are linked with banks and other financial institutions to avail credit. SHGs have been linked with bank credit for various economic activities such as Agriculture, Horticulture, Sericulture, Animal Husbandry, Cottage and Village Industries and other small businesses and micro enterprises in Urban areas. Mahalir Thittam has created awareness among women of their own strengths, resources and ability to face risks. As the bank loan liability is entirely on the women and the group, the women themselves act as best judges in respect of economic activities and levels of credit required. The project implementation units and the NGOs serve as mere facilitators and advisors in this process, with decision making left entirely to the participating women.
Benefit TypeMaterial,
Eligibility criteriaWomen Self Help Groups
How to AvailThrough District Officers of Tamil Nadu Corporation for Development of Women.
Validity of the Scheme
Introduced On 01 / 01 / 2002
Valid Upto 01 / 01 / 2013
Reference URLhttp://agritech.tnau.ac.in/ngo_shg/shg_schemes.html (External website that opens in a new window)

Source: National Portal Content Management Team  (Tamil Nadu, 25-09-2007)