With the mission of enhancing livelihoods on a large scale to empower poor people, PRADAN has been working in some of the very poor States of North India through decentralized projects for over 15 years. Identifying and organising poor women into SHGs, building their capabilities to enhance incomes, linking them to government's poverty alleviation programmes, etc., are the broad strategies followed by 19 project teams, each operating in a district or a few blocks within or across districts.
Approach to SHG promotion
The approach that PRADAN has adopted requires that the groups become independent from PRADAN in a reasonable time frame so that the staffs is free for their core task of livelihoods promotion. The road map that PRADAN has prepared for the growth of an SHG deems that the group be free of any assistance from PRADAN, even for getting loans from banks, in about 1