SHAPE INDIA, livelihood and women's empowerment are seen as critical components for ensuring sustainable development. The emphasis is on enhancing capacities of deprived communities to take informed decisions and manage their livelihood option accordingly. Self-Help Groups (SHGs) for women are important platforms for both income generation as well as increased engagement in various aspects (social and cultural) governing their lives. SHAPE INDIA's livelihood initiatives are aimed at helping communities adopt viable and sustainable options to improve quality of life. These initiatives also focus on improving food security. Women constitute a key target group. Livelihood initiatives have acted as a precursor to a larger movement of empowering women. SHAPE INDIA works with over with 20,000 women through SHGs in Delhi & NCR.