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Kudumbashree Celebrates Silver Jubilee

Kudumbashree Celebrates Silver Jubilee:

President Droupadi Murmu, during her recent visit to Kerala, inaugurated the silver jubilee celebrations of Kudumbashree, the largest self-help group network in the country.

  • Kudumbashree was established in 1997 in Kerala, aiming at eradicating poverty and empowering women following the recommendations of a government-appointed task force.
  • The mission was launched with the support of the Government of India and NABARD
  • Kudumbashree meaning ‘prosperity of the family’ in the Malayalam language and therefore focuses on poverty alleviation and women empowerment, promoting democratic leadership and provides support structures within the “Kudumbashree family.”
  • The mission operates through a Three-Tier structure consisting of,
    • Neighbourhood Groups (NHGs) at the primary level
    • Area Development Societies (ADS) at the ward level
    • Community Development Societies (CDS) at the local government level.
    • This structure forms a large network of Self-Help Groups.

Self-Help Group:

  • Self-Help Groups (SHGs) are informal associations of people who choose to come together to find ways to improve their living conditions.
  • It can be defined as a self-governed, peer-controlled information group of people with similar socio-economic backgrounds and having a desire to collectively perform a common purpose.
  • SHG relies on the notion of “Self Help” to encourage self-employment and poverty alleviation.