An Exploratory Study Of Women Collectives In MaharashtraMay 20, 2023 2023-06-24 11:18
An Exploratory Study Of Women Collectives In Maharashtra
S. N. Tripathy
The present paper with the help of secondary sources of data attempts to capture the major events that shaped the course of cooperative movements in Odisha. The paper portrays the prevailing socio-economic factors and key events which contributed to the development of cooperatives in different phases and its genesis and growth trend in Odisha in the national perspectives.
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Women co-operative societies are the unique co-operatives which are established for targeting specific goals. Nearly 62% of the people in India are living in rural areas and the movements like co-operatives are very less concentrated in these areas. The women in rural areas have been most disadvantaged because of male dominated society. They have all the potential but lack the support and a movement of their own. The women co-operative societies are promising strategies to empower women in all the spheres of life.
The role of women in co-operative is not apparent that of men. But there is a robust need to include all of them in the ambience of co-operatives. The present study aims to analyze the status of Women Centric Organizations (NGOs, SHGs, and Women Cooperatives etc.) with reference to their growth and sustainability. The study also attempted to know the various issues and challenges faced by Women Centric Organizations (WCOs).
The success of many cooperatives in India is directly or indirectly supported by the suitable marketing efforts extended by cooperative marketing societies. The study suggested a suitable marketing and expansion strategies for women-oriented enterprises, while documenting their best practices which may be adopted by other WCOs in the region. The study showed that Women Collectives selected for the study have done considerable work towards women empowerment and development of women entrepreneurship. While Mann Deshi group and Lijjat Griha Udyog are cooperative based model, MAVIM is supported by the Government of Maharashtra.
All the three interventions were completely women centric. It was led by the women and for the women. This has led to enhancement of their confidence and attaining better social status in their families and households and led a dignified life.
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Women co-operative, Women Centric Organizations, empowerment, self-empowerment, leadership