Impact of Participation in Self Help Groups on Livelihood, Economic Empowerment and Community Inclusion of People With Disabilities (Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty- SERP)

Self Help Group (SHG) models for empowering PWD – an evaluation study in AP

Studying the impact of participation in SHGs on livelihood, economic empowerment and community inclusion for Persons with Disabilities (PWD)

Sector: Evaluation, Inclusive Social Development

Geography: 6 districts of Andhra Pradesh (5 along the eastcoast and one in North Central region)

Partners: Employment and Disability Institute – Cornell University, People’s Monitoring Committee, Andhra Pradesh and Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty, Government of Andhra Pradesh.

Team: Basavaraju R., Dr. Siddappa S. M. and Prakash M. The Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP) is an autonomous institution, entrusted with the responsibility of organizing and empowering self-help groups (SHGs) of underprivileged community groups. Enhancing livelihood, functioning, and community-integration of PWD and their families are critical components of SERP’s interventions. A key strategy of SERP’s interventions is mobilizing PWD and their families into SHGs to improve their livelihood and community integration. Participation in SHGs not only provides opportunities for access to credit and financing to PWD and their families, but also enhances their access to several community based programs in rehabilitation, health, and education. EDICornell and GRAAM are studying the impact of the model tried by SERP in the selected area to find out whether similar intervention can be carried out in other parts of the state and to improve the existing model of implementation.