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Access, Redressal & Finance in Uttar Pradesh: Women-run Self-Help Groups (SHGs) in Rural Uttar Pradesh

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This is the sixth video of our six-part series with Khabar Lahariya, the award-winning rural digital journalism platform run by women in the media-dark hinterlands of Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) and Madhya Pradesh (M.P.) to understand how individuals in rural households are managing their financial lives at a time of great uncertainty. Read more about this project collaboration here.

In this sixth and final video of the six-part series, we follow the self-help groups (SHGs) that are organised and run by women in rural Uttar Pradesh to understand how SHGs assist women and their families in achieving financial security. The video explores why women participate in SHGs instead of using other forms of financial management to save money. This report also tries to understand the attitudes of the women’s family members in a context where various social norms often tend to limit women’s financial agency. How do women cope when they find themselves unable to contribute to the SHG’s savings in a given month? Despite the reasonable success of the SHG model, why are SHGs limited to women participants? Find out more in this sixth video of the series…

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