Empowerment of under privileged Women

by Centre For Development Alternatives


The project aims to improve the socio-economic conditions (household income, investment on children's education, investment for family health, asset redemption and creation) of women from under-privileged sections, by promoting community based organizations and by building their capacities along with the provisions for livelihood, health care and recreation.
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The women from target area, primarily Gypsy who engaged in petty trades and road-side vending lack credit history and hence no access to formal credit. They succumb to exploitative money lenders by paying an exorbitant rate of interest of ten percent a day. Thus they are in to a vicious cycle. The elderly women from socially backward communities are neglected and are deprived of care and support due to low-income of the families. Women from these communities seldom care about their health.


Promotion of women groups will provide them with the much needed organizational identity. The training for leadership, records management and funds management will address the capacity issues. Provision of financial support for start-up and expansion of tiny business will increase their income. Organizing health camps to diagnose illness and refer patients for treatment along with provisions of medicines will help women. Organizing get together, pilgrim trips for elderly will add to their life.

Long-Term Impact

Mobilization and building up of social capital by leadership development, and managerial capacities for 100 women. Better and informed decision making at the household and community level. Regular savings, pooling of savings for collective benefits, and solidarity lending which will result in improved standards of living for 210 under-privileged women. Care and support for 200 elderly women Replication and scaling up of the activities in remote areas.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Organization Information

Centre For Development Alternatives

Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu - India
Website: http:/​/​cfda.angelfire.com
Project Leader:
Jayachandran R
Chennai, TamilNadu India

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