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Self Help Group: A Strategy to Rural Development of Puri District in Odisha, India

Vol 4, Issue 1, January - June 2017 | Pages: 93-108 | Case Study  

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1. * Kailash Chandra Mishra, Assistant Professor of Economics, M. P. C. Autonomous College, Baripada, Odisha, India (

On the basis of a micro level study for Puri district in Odisha, this paper finds that the Self Help Groups (SHGs) have played a positive and significant role in generation of employment and income of its members engaged in different economic activities such as commercial farming, pisciculture, food processing, trade & commerce, household industry and agriculture. The members are found to have a change in the quality of their lives.  Promotion of SHGs therefore, not only helps foster rural development but also go a long way in attaining inclusive growth in India.


Self Help Groups; Microfinance; Rural development; Quality of life; Employment; Income; Puri district

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