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 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. Livelihood initiatives have acted as a precursor to a larger movement of empowering women. SHAPE INDIA works with over 20,000 women through SHGs in Delhi and NCR.
SHG women are provided with the necessary inputs and support to access loans to begin their own micro-enterprise. SHAPE INDIA has formed 57 Self Help Group in Delhi and NCR and all these SHGs are linked with the Bank. Out of 57 SHGs 25 SHGs are running the Community kitchen in the locality of South Delhi & North West Delhi. About 50,000 underprivileged beneficiaries including children, Pregnant Ladies & Lactating Mothers are given nutritious food every day by the SHGs itself.
Ignorance, illiteracy, hostile elements of a patriarchal culture, poverty, mal nutrition, sexual violence, and a host of other problems haunt a woman from taking responsibility for her own life. SHAPE India interventions aims at empowering the womanhood in every women. SHAPE India believes that Women are not a weaker section who are doomed to be exploited but they needs to be supported. They hold in them, the unimaginable potentials for bringing desired changes in the lives of many.
Vision of the Programme
To make the women of below poverty line self-reliant, increase their income, standard of living and uplift their status and also bring entrepreneurial and business management skill among the underprivileged women of the society.
Objectives of the Programme.
-To promote saving of money on regular basis and trained financial management skills among the women
- Developing and enhancing the decision-making capacity of members
- To improve living standards of underprivileged women
- To provide collateral free loans with terms decided by the group at the market driven rates.
-To reduce vulnerability to poverty in times of crises
- Enabling members of SHGs to become self-reliant and self-dependent
-Enhancing the social status of members by virtue of being members of the group
- Promoting literacy and increasing general awareness among members.
-To motivate women taking up social responsibilities particularly related to women development.
-It acts as the forum for members to provide space and support to each other
- To sensitize women of target area for the need of SHG and its relevance in their empowerment.
Outcome of the Programme.
The beneficiaries including children, pregnant women and lactating mothers are benefited with the healthy and nutritious food
The women are being empowered through micro-credit program and income generation activities.
SHG ’s Members are able to interact with government functionaries, PRI members & other key stakeholders and also able to highlight issues that impact the lives of their communities.